I am a neurologist by training something that I was initially attracted to due to the intricacies of the brain but as a practicing doctor I soon realized that it is not how much you know, but how much you care, what is going to give you a mission in life.
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Eagles are the most majestic birds in the world. Here are some surprising facts about these magnificent birds that will blow your mind:
- The eagle is one of the largest and most powerful birds of prey, making it the most dangerous predator in the bird world. The smaller eagles also fly faster, more directly and with a wingspan more massive than any other bird.
- The most massive kill by an eagle is the duiker deer whereby the eagle carried about 7-8 times its weight.
- The smallest eagle breed is the South Nicobar serpent eagle which is roughly 1lb in weight and is 16inches in length. These birds do not find it hard to catch prey similar to its size, and they are currently considered “near threatened.”
- Over sixty species of eagles are located, and many are in Eurasia and Africa. South America has about 14 species of eagles, and North America has two species; the golden eagle and bald eagles.
- The Eagles have different prey varieties among the species, eagles in the open habitats catch any a medium sized animal while the fish eagles mostly catch fish and water birds. Other species of eagle prey on mammals by which they achieve through smart flying.
- They do not migrate and can live their whole life in the place where they were born, but they will fly away if the food and temperature levels change in the area. They prefer hunting in the morning and afternoon during the warmer seasons.
- They have a very peculiar habit of returning to the same nest every year. Due to this behavior, they have large nest which can come up to 8 feet in length, 15 feet tall and weighing about 2 tons, which is the case of a bald eagle nest.
- They are very protective of their offspring that one of the parents watches over the young while the other goes hunting. Eagles grow very quickly and can weigh up to 9 pounds in six weeks.
- Eagles have a religious background, as in the Hindu mythology there is a divinity called Garuda who has the body of a man with an eagles head and wings. It is also form adopted by the Greek god Zeus.
- About 25 countries have the eagle symbol in their coat of arms, and they are several countries which have linked their identities to the Eagles. You can find the eagle on US Great Seal, and it is also the national bird of Germany, Mexico, Austria, and Kazakhstan.
- If the bald eagle loses a feather on one side, it will also lose a feather on the other side to keep its balance.
Taking impeccable and breathtaking photographs of birds during their flight is not an easy task. It often requires a great deal of patience accompanied by lady luck. Being at the right place at the right time also varies in a significant aspect.
Choosing a location
Determining the right destination and spot is crucial. Birds can be seen near river banks or lakes due to their abundant source of food and water. Settle on places up on a hill that gives you perfect view of the birds. Keep in mind the position of the sun, the light coming behind you and wind direction. These are all key factors that aid your desire in getting an amazing aerial photograph.
Lighting plays a very vital role in achieving that shot. Ideal times of perfect light that highlight the shot would be either in support of golden rays of sunlight in early morning or evening.
Birds tend to venture less in areas of human presence. To avoid this mistake, do not forget to disguise yourself in camouflage to prevent detection. Tip to be noted as well is, do not stand as they can notice you relatively more, instead settle up on a seated position and wait for the perfect shot.
Study your subject
Learning and researching on your ideal bird’s habitats and nature can help you predict their prospective movements and locations where they tend to be.
Selecting the right lens plays a crucial role in capturing the perfect shot. Possessing the fastest and largest mm lens can help you. In particularly aerial photography, the ideal lens is anywhere from 500 to 600 mm lens.
Apt tripods are those who can support and balance the structure of the camera and large lens. Gimbal head is ideal as it requires very little force to move the camera in upward, downward and sideward directions. A less expensive option is the pan head that moreover provides the same facilities.
Before setting up your camera for aerial photography, keep in mind the exposure triangle consisting of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to get that perfect intensity and right exposure.
Set your camera’s focus mode to continuous focus while leaving the shutter button depressed halfway enabling your camera to keep constant and consistent track of your bird during flight.
Always keep in mind to maintain more space in front of the bird rather than behind it. A good rule is to hold two to three times space in front of the bird. You can do this by keeping the focus on the center of the bird or its eye.
Apply ace technique in capturing and maneuvering the camera accordingly in a strong position when the bird appears in an ideal location or seems to approach you.