Winter with the Eagles

Photographing eagles is like capturing a moment of pure majesty and power frozen in time. With wings outstretched and eyes fixed on their prey, these magnificent birds of prey embody the epitome of grace, strength, and beauty.

As you focus your lens on an eagle, the world seems to fade away, and all that remains is the incredible sight before you. You feel the rush of excitement as you witness their soaring flight, the intensity of their gaze, and the sheer force of their presence.

Through the lens of your camera, you capture not just an image but a glimpse into the soul of these awe-inspiring creatures. The details you capture – the texture of their feathers, the intensity of their eyes, the sharpness of their talons – transport the viewer into the very heart of the eagle’s world.

Photographing eagles is not just about capturing a stunning image; it’s about connecting with the essence of nature and the magic of the wild. With each shot, you are reminded of the beauty and power of the natural world and the endless wonders that await those who seek to capture them.

Every winter, from November to February, the majestic bald eagles return to the shores of Lake Coeur D’Alene in Idaho to feed on the abundant salmon that spawn in the river. These are small sockeye salmon also called kokanee salmon. They gather by the thousands to spawn the die along the gravel shores of Coeur d’Alene Lake.

The eagles found in this region are primarily bald eagles, known for their keen sense of sight and incredible hunting skills. As the salmon swim upstream to spawn, the eagles wait patiently along the banks of the river, watching for the perfect opportunity to swoop down and catch a fish in their talons. This year the height of the eagle season saw 227 eagles!

The eagles are not the only ones who benefit from the annual salmon run. Other predators, such as bears and otters, also feed on the fish, while the salmon themselves provide nutrients for the ecosystem as they decompose after spawning.

A few random facts:

~ Bald eagles can have a wingspan of up to 8 feet and can weigh up to 14 pounds.

~ Bald eagles are known for their distinctive white head and tail feathers. However, young bald eagles have brown feathers and do not develop the white head and tail feathers until they are about five years old.

~ Bald eagles are monogamous and mate for life. They build large nests in tall trees near bodies of water, and often return to the same nest year after year.

~ Bald eagles have excellent eyesight and can see prey from great distances. They can see fish swimming in the water up to a mile away, and they can see land prey from up to two miles away.

~ The average speed of an eagle in flight is around 30 mph But they are also able to fly at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. When diving for prey they can reach up to 200 miles per hour.

~ The average distance traveled without landing for an eagle is about 125 miles.

Eagles are majestic creatures with powerful wings and keen eyesight that allow them to soar effortlessly through the skies. They symbolize strength, freedom, and courage, and have captured the imagination of humans for centuries. Whether gliding gracefully over mountains or diving with lightning speed to catch their prey, eagles exude a sense of elegance and grace that is unmatched in the animal kingdom. Their regal presence and awe-inspiring beauty serve as a reminder of the natural wonders of our world and inspire us to strive for greatness and soar to new heights.

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