Earlier in July I paddled on the Somo River near an eagle nest I spotted last year. It is in a neighborhood of many houses and camps with a fair amount of boat traffic (pontoons mostly and it’s a no-wake zone, too) so the eagles are pretty inured to human activity.
And with a little crop and a touch of luminance in the sky -
(Adult shot) Judging by the size, I think this is dad. He flew off away from the nest for a bit, but then later I think mom came in and caused a ruckus (see next pic). The nest is across some water a few hundred yards away over his right shoulder. I could see one youngster over that way and eventually I made my way over.
Junior was sitting here quietly when mom (I suspect mom by the size) flew in just behind the nest (which is about 10 feet to the left out of frame). They were both yelling their heads off and this one decided to have a big flap and try to turn at the same time. Got the wing caught in the branch overhead and s/he panicked. It freed itself and flew off all the while screaming. I couldn’t see the parent in the tree, but eventually it flew off to see about junior and they both continued to yell for a while then all was quiet. Don’t know if this was the youngster’s first flight, but I hope not. It will need PTSD therapy!
General impressions and ideas for improvement are welcome
Is this a composite? - No (focus stacks or exposure blends are not considered composites)
Both shots handheld in the kayak. I was in the main channel for the adult, so rockier, a backchannel for the juvenile and much more steady, but I wasn’t moving that much for either.
Junior’s shot went through ON1 NoNoise and processed with a Linear Profile. A crop and some exposure added as well as clarity, texture & highlight control with local adjustment brush.
Dad went through Topaz Sharpen with bird masked & some noise reduction on top in Lr. It also started with a Linear Profile and had a lot of contrast and tone management as well as texture, clarity & a crop. I also played with a blur filter in Photoshop to de-emphasize the background.