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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #720 on: September 01, 2015, 11:33:08 AM »
 
march 6 2015 15:36:31 - visitor in The Babysitting Tree
 

 


Mum is still trilling & cachunking away.
 


The youngster is thinking, *Uh, oh, do i need to skeedaddle??*


 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #721 on: September 01, 2015, 07:09:16 PM »
Thanks for the photos, Booni!  Seems forever since we've seen eagles!!!   :eclove

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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #722 on: September 01, 2015, 07:13:32 PM »
what a beauty!  :heart

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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #723 on: September 01, 2015, 11:05:22 PM »
Great photos Booni... thanks.

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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #724 on: September 02, 2015, 04:34:10 PM »
If that was our Hali/Elizabeth she is one fine looking eagle!  :nod2 :thumbup:

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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #725 on: September 04, 2015, 11:10:58 AM »
 
Okay!
Here is the reason the youngster was thinking it was time to leave!
Here comes Dad!
& somehow, there has been communication between Dad & the visitor, so that the visitor feels safe to stay put.
Amazing.
 
march 6 2015 15:37 - Mum & visitor in The Babysitting Tree Dad flies in
 


Mum is trilling & cachunking in the lower left corner.
 

 

 

 



 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #726 on: September 04, 2015, 11:17:04 AM »
 
march 6 2015 15:37:09 - Mum & visitor in The Babysitting Tree Dad flies in
 

 


Mum & Dad continue to trill.
Here is why.
Like it isn*t crowded enough in there already, another Eagle flies in & lands!
& this one, by their markings, might well be Scootch!
Dad gets himself a bit off balance when the youngster lands.
 

 


Still landing, close in to the trunk there.
Notice there is a huge cavity in the trunk.
We might be losing the top of the Tree at some point soon.
 


Magnificent Dad up close.
 

 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #727 on: September 04, 2015, 11:22:40 AM »
 
march 6 2015 15:37:36:70 - Dad in The Babysitting Tree another visitor flies in
 


See Scootch change perch branches.
That stubby one isn*t enough for her.
 

 

 


Are those Scootch*s white tail tips?


 
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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #728 on: September 04, 2015, 01:52:13 PM »
 :thumbup: :eceek What a series!!!

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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #729 on: September 04, 2015, 01:56:19 PM »
What a great series of photos - thank you Booni

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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #730 on: September 06, 2015, 10:48:56 AM »
 
& there*s more!
i am SO GLAD to be able to get back to posting the fotos from this day!

Okay, so here is our youngster, still gorgeous, at the tippy top of The Babysitting Tree.

march 6 2015 15:39 - visitor in The Babysitting Tree



This foto shows the gash injury on the back of Mum*s head.
All three are looking at the same something.



& there goes Mum! off to chase whatever it is, likely another Eagle, not welcome in the territory.



& the youngster is watching Mum go with great attention!





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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #731 on: September 06, 2015, 10:54:25 AM »
 
march 6 2015 15:42:13:60 - Mum leaves The Babysitting Tree





Once again, there is some kind of wonderful communication going on, because now the youngster is convinced it*s time to go!

march 6 2015 15:42:13 - visitor leaves The Babysitting Tree







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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #732 on: September 06, 2015, 11:02:51 AM »
 
march 6 2015 15:42:29 - visitor leaves The Babysitting Tree





& here*s why!

march 6 2015 15:42:32:80 - Mum returns to The Babysitting Tree



You can really see well, the warbles in Mum*s primaries here, a sign of poor nutrition when those feathers were growing.





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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #733 on: September 06, 2015, 11:18:06 AM »
 
march 6 2015 15:42:33:50 - Mum returns to The Babysitting Tree







(okay, some photography talk now, for those who might be interested.
i pretty much post my fotos as they are taken by the camera.
i don*t have any fancy Photoshop program or anything, & i don*t want to.
i almost always crop my fotos, & sometimes i brighten or darken them, but that is about it.
It is always the best to have your camera settings set correctly when you take the foto, rather than fudging with it afterwards in a foto editing program.
Unfortunately, this whole day of fotos was shot a bit dark.
It is hard with Eagles, because you have to balance your exposure between the bright white head & tail feathers, & the dark body feathering.
& then there is light to take into consideration.
The head might be well-lit, but the body be in shadow.
The underside of the wings & tail are often in shadow.
i should have upped my ISO setting on this day, to expose the fotos more than i did.
They are all quite dark.
i tried brightening the fotos, in my foto editing software program, but it just looked crummy.
Left alone, they were all a bit disappointingly dark.
Then i discovered something called D-Lighting HS in the foto editing software.
i slid the dial over & suddenly underexposed areas came out of the shadows!
So these fotos have almost all been adjusted,using this feature.
To me, i can see it.
If you don*t expose the foto properly at the time you are taking it, you can*t just make details in your negative/foto file, that are just not there
So, this fudging kind of shows.
Dad looks a bit overblown, & there is something about the overall colouring that is a bit like lovely sunset light, which it wasn*t, at the time.
But, i am quite pleased with how this feature has rescued a lot of the details that were lost in shadow, in the originals.
Always better to take the foto properly in the first place though!
Your camera & mine actually have a D-Lighting setting, to make bright areas not too bright, & dark areas not too dark.
i am playing with these setting from now on, & paying better attention to my ISO settings too.
So, now here is the foto with the D-Lighting adjusted.
Look how Dad*s head is way too bright, but we can see nice features on Mum*s shadowed underside.



Now here is the same foto with the D-Lighting NOT adjusted.
Look how much better Dad comes out, but how dark Mum now is.
You have decide what is important in the foto, that you want to show.)



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Re: Ground Observations - 2014 - 2015 Season
« Reply #734 on: September 06, 2015, 11:26:28 AM »
 
i didn*t adjust D-Lighting in this one.

You can see the wet wound on Mum*s left thigh really well in this foto.

march 6 2015 15:42:34:90 - Mum returns to The Babysitting Tree



This one i did.



This one i didn*t.



This one i did.



Still another 100 fotos to go through, from the 400 i took that day...

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