Two trips up to the park where the eagles have been hanging out yielded the photo above. Yep, it was a skunking. Saturday morning was cold, and despite waiting an hour & a half, the single eagle never left her perch. Got to talking to another photog up there seemed to have a good deal of eagle experience; he said it was too cold for her to fly yet. Another hour with the sun up and maybe we’d have gotten something, but our time was limited and breakfast (and a heater) were calling.

Returned on Sunday afternoon for another try, hoping that the later hour and warmer day would yield better results. Nope. After another hour I hadn’t taken a single photo – there was nothing to shoot. No sign of the eagles, or any waterfowl, or even a crow. It was a royal skunking.

Oh well, sometimes it happens that way. It’s likely they’ll remain until the pond ices over, so I should get a few more tries with them. Then there’s always the NY boarder eagles.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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