Young Bald Eagle Photographed in The Wind River Canyon

January 23, 2024

     Wintertime in the Wind River Canyon can be very long and cold.  The wildlife I enjoy taking pictures of are long gone if they have any common sense.  So, I keep a keen eye out for something interesting; the other day I was rewarded with a special visitor.

     There is a small window in my bathroom that peeks out at the eastern wall of the canyon, and I have seen many amazing things out that small window.  Deer dancing in the middle-of-the-night, Great Horned Owls mating, a coyote at 3 am, huge buck deer, Wild Turkeys and of course hummingbirds in the summer zipping by.

     Day before yesterday, on the way in to use my throne, I saw a young Bald Eagle!  It's a fact that female raptors are larger than the male raptors; they end up doing a lot of the hunting for their young.  And this Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocphalus) was very large indeed.  She's also very close to adulthood, as this eagle is nearly, but not quite an adult. 

     Nearly braking-stride to the other end of our cabin to get the "big camera" out of the NANUK case, I made my way into the kitchen and flung open the door.  After one hundred frames she did something that told me she was going to take flight.....the eagle pooped!  No really, they always do and it's a good sign they are going to fly soon; so get your camera ready!!

     This first picture is my favorite; she really is an impressive eagle! Young Bald Eagle in Wind River CanyonYoung Bald Eagle in Wind River CanyonYoung Bald Eagle imaged in the Wind River Canyon in the state of Wyoming.      This second image is right at the moment this Bald Eagle is going to take wing. Young Bald Eagle in Wind River CanyonYoung Bald Eagle in Wind River CanyonYoung Bald Eagle about to take flight, imaged in the Wind River Canyon in the state of Wyoming.      She's a beautiful bird and a great symbol of power; one that should be cherished.  It's always a huge thrill to spend time with such a magnificent bird.  This eagle was something special caught at a just the right time.

     My "big camera" is a Canon 1DX Mark III with an EF 100-400mm L IS II; I love this thing.

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