Fishhawk Lake--Keep Your Camera in Hand!

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Fishhawk Lake--Keep Your Camera in Hand!

Yesterday while driving in Astoria, Oregon, I had just gone over a bridge when out of the corner of my eye, I saw something large swooping down towards an old pier sitting in the bay. I raced through the roundabout and pulled over, grabbing my camera.

A solitary bald eagle was quite a ways away and the sun was fading, so the light was poor, but I didn't have anything to lose so I just kept shooting into the sun. He landed.


As I tried different angles, suddenly, I saw another bird fly by towards the eagle.




Oh my gosh, it was a SECOND eagle! They were too far for clarity, but then the other one headed across the street, and I just followed with my lens. I got a few more shots even though it was moving really fast. Moving with it in sports mode, I did the best I could.

It was still exciting to simply SEE two bald eagles together and I had my camera in hand! 

And be sure and check out Astoria, Oregon--I always get photo ops when I drive there from Fishhawk Lake.


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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
That is awesome! Glad you had your camera handy to capture these shots!
Jan 05, 2014 09:53 AM #2
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Isn't it great to have a camera handy when those once-in-a-lifetime moments occur.  Wonderful!

Jan 05, 2014 10:38 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wow Gayle,

We had a golden eagle that frequented our property in Napa.  Everytime we would notice him, he would do a flying swoop on our field and then head back to a really big oak tree where he liked overseeing all the vineyards.  A

Jan 05, 2014 10:51 AM #4
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

John, bless you for being kind in your assessment of my not-so-perfect photos....

Carol, I have to say that I was SO excited just to exhibit this wonder of nature, regardless of how clearly the photos came out!

Geri~wonderful is right! It thrills me as I am completely drawn to bald eagles.

Alexandra, in these winter months, I have the chance to enjoy a bald eagle perched high up in the trees across from my lakefront, but I still need to get a bigger lens and a tripod to capture the kinds of photos that I REALLY want. The never-ending quest for perfection! (i'll have to check out what a Golden Eagle looks like vs a Bald Eagle).


Jan 05, 2014 11:45 AM #5
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Gayle, When I first started taking photos as a hobby, I bought my first DSLR camera which is a Pentax and six months later I purchased the more advanced Nikon which I still use. I was going to sell the Pentax but because it is like new, I have decided to purchase an air tight case to keep the Pentax in my trunk so I will always have a camera with a couple lenes even when not carrying the Nikon equipment.

Been caught too many times not having my camera with me and then trying to rely on the iPhone.

Jan 05, 2014 12:08 PM #6
Kerry L Klun, Broker/Owner
Palm Realty - Melbourne, FL

Gayle, EXCELLENT!  I can never get even my cell phone camera working quick enough to get shots like this!

Jan 05, 2014 12:40 PM #7
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for sharing a few more great shots, that last one was very nice, its good that you had your camera handy.

I see a lot of eagles fairly up close, but almost never have time to grab a camera, I glad that you are much more prepared than I am.

Jan 05, 2014 01:06 PM #8
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

William, honestly, I think of you EVERY TIME I go through this process, because your photos ARE so clear and I hold you in high esteem. I figure that I will get there in my nature photography, and sometimes it takes HOURS to get just the right photo. I don't have that luxury, so I shoot, and hope for perfection (ha!) in an editing process. Bottomline, it's incredibly wonderful just to see these majestic creatures in abundance!

Bob, I was moving, shifting, shooting through wires, trees, power poles! Couldn't believe that with me moving from across the street as well as him moving so far away that I got anything worth salvaging!


Kerry,God love ya, thank you for being kind!


Jan 05, 2014 01:14 PM #9
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Gayle, thank you for sharing your amazing photos with all of us. I am hardly ever without a camera, as you just never know what you may see and want to share.

Make it a great week!

Jan 05, 2014 06:12 PM #10
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

They are magnificent animals aren't they?  To think Benjamin wanted the turkey to be the national bird.

Jan 05, 2014 07:25 PM #11
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gayle-I would say you captured these magnificent birds wonderfully, I can picture you now all excited as you photographed these.

Jan 05, 2014 07:49 PM #12
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

THAT is very cool Gayle. I am not sure I have ever encountered two bald eagles with the camera. Your nature sure flourishes there.

Jan 05, 2014 09:21 PM #14
Jeff Fritzson: Frisco Real Estate Pro
Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors - Frisco, TX
Your Success is My Focus!

What a great opportunity you got to capture on film (pixels.) Very jealous of you getting to see these majestic birds in the wild where you work and live. Then to have the camera ready, what a great day!

Jan 05, 2014 10:28 PM #15
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

His feathers are a little ruffled.   Guess the wind was blowing a little bit.

Jan 05, 2014 11:13 PM #16
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Joe, I decided that it was appropriate (and so true) to use Roy Kelley's famous tagline, "Always have your camera in hand"...very smart advice. The times that I haven't I pretty much always kick myself because there is something special that I can't photograph.

James, a very funny bit of trivia! So glad that these birds are no longer endangered...partly thanks to Nixon, I believe, in '72, was it??

Sharon, I was BEYOND with excitement--you nailed it! The thing is I just shoot and shoot and hope that when I get home, there's something that's salvagable. What I didn't realize is that I had a picture of both of them together as it happened so fast.

Gary, last week I saw two fighting (or mating) in the air while I was at our clubhouse early one morning and I had talked myself out of bringing my camera--so THIS time I got a 2nd chance!

Jeff, I count my lucky stars EVERY DAY!





Jan 05, 2014 11:20 PM #17
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

Neat! Those are really great shots, considering you weren't ready! Have a wonderful Monday morning Gayle :)

Jan 06, 2014 01:06 AM #18
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I never tire or get over the thrill of seeing these big birds in action. As you might guess, growing up in Alaska, they were everywhere. The biggest thrill was when we'd be out fishing and dad would throw a bait fish up in the air - the eagles would swoop down and get it - talk about thrilling.

Jan 07, 2014 10:38 PM #19
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Patty, I felt so lucky!!


Debb, I LOVE your Alaska time we do a get-together, I want to hear more.

Jan 08, 2014 01:56 AM #20
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

I hate missing great shots because I didn't have camera in hand.   That would have been thrilling to see the two eagles.  The bottom picture turned out great. 

Take care,

Jan 08, 2014 04:04 AM #21
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

Looks like a great place for wildlife photography.  Your shots are quite beautiful.

Jan 21, 2014 12:05 AM #22
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