Golden Eagle 'Chick' by jamibann

Golden Eagle 'Chick'

Well, I finally got my day in the bird hide at Glentanar Estate, and was not disappointed. I never saw the adult birds, but the fledgling, at 9 weeks old, was very active in the nest. I have not yet had time to sort through the 700 plus photos I took, and I'm sure I'll only be keeping about 6 of them ... but here's one of the bird exercising his wings. At the end of my photography session (the last one the Estate plans to do this year, as the bird will fly very soon) I was lucky enough to witness the ringing of this bird by a professional. He shinned up the tree, got hold of the bird, bagged it and lowered it down, already hooded, in a sports bag. Below, the RSPB man received the bird and unpacked it from the bag. It just sat there. Never tried to escape. They measured it, tagged it, ringed it, weighed it (3.9 kilos) and then put it back up into the nest. What a piece of luck to be there to see all of that! I'll no doubt post more photos once I've been through them all, but in the meantime, I'm off to Ireland tomorrow to visit my elderly father-in-law.
Wow, so big already! Great to see and great photo!
July 18th, 2019  
What a wonderful experience to see Issi and WOW that's a lot of photos too. Well done on capturing this chick before he/she leaves the nest. :)
July 18th, 2019  
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Great capture!
July 18th, 2019  
Impressive! Not sure I'd want to climb up there and try to wrangle this into a bag! ;)
July 18th, 2019  
How fabulous!
July 18th, 2019  
Well timed shot. I like the open wings.
July 18th, 2019  
What a day you’ve had....pretty exciting to get to see all that....such a clear photo & the lens did you proud. Looking forward to seeing others! Enjoy Ireland, I love that country!
July 18th, 2019  
Oh my that would have been a wonderful experience!
Great capture of this golden eagle!
July 18th, 2019  
@happypat Yes, the lens has now gone back to the rental shop. :-(
July 18th, 2019  
@juliedduncan Oh, I absolutely would not want to do that!!!
July 18th, 2019  
how exciting :)
July 18th, 2019  
Wow that is quite a day! What a fantastic experience. And it's so easy to take hundreds of photos.
Can't imagine being back in the day of developing film!
July 18th, 2019  
What a terrific experience
July 18th, 2019  
fabulous capture
July 18th, 2019  
Wow, so jealous!! How amazing to be this close.
July 18th, 2019  
How exciting to see this.
July 19th, 2019  
Terrific capture :)
July 19th, 2019  
Some photography days are good and some are epic...
July 20th, 2019  
Just look at the massiveness of those young wings! You had an incredible photography experience...I'm envious.
July 20th, 2019  
Exciting to see this youngster so clearly -- I've seen adults but never a young one.
July 22nd, 2019  
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