Shiloh Eagles - A Photographer's Dream

April 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Shiloh Eagle FamilyEagles at Shiloh

I know, I've been really negligent (once again) with my painting a day series.  But I have a VERY good excuse!  I learned about the Shiloh Eagles at the Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee in a recent Sunday paper.  Shiloh is about an hour away from us, but I couldn't wait to get my gear loaded and get down there to see these awesome birds.

I was quite surprised upon arriving that we could be so close to the eagles!  Named Hiram and Julia, the adult eagles have built a fabulous nest.  We have to stay behind the fence, but we're still very close to them, which makes for great photos, even for my cameras.

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There's the husband, and the empty green chair next to him is mine, but I don't stay in the chair too much. :)

 

We've been twice so far to see the pair of eagles and two eaglets (Shi and Loh).  The first time we went, it was cloudy but I still managed to get some decent photos.  See album 1 of the Shiloh Eagles here.  The second time -- just last week -- the sun was out and it was a gorgeous spring day.  See album 2 of the Shiloh Eagles here.  

Week two was rather exciting - the babies have grown so much!  Hiram and Julie brought in at least three meals while we were there.  And Julia replenished the nest with grass and pine needles a couple of times.   At the end of the day, Hiram flew to the roosting tree and all the photographers followed.  He seemed to have a great time posing for us and we all got some incredible shots.

We plan on going back at least once a week until the babies have left the nest.  As I said, this is a nature photographers dream!  I truly expected the nest to be back in the woods and that I'd need a $10K lens just to be able to see them.  I feel very blessed to be able to take advantage of this opportunity and still get great photos with my limited equipment.

Check out the Shiloh Eagle gallery I've set up on my Fine Art America website too, with the best of the best of my eagle photos.   If you're looking for great wildlife art prints on paper, framed and matted, or on canvas, that's where to get them.

--Jai

 

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