Remnants from my bald eagle birding expedition at Starved Rock on Lincoln's birthday. The best two shots were already posted further down on the page. Or, if you followed this from Facebook, you may need to select the previous post at the bottom. Click on any of the above to see a larger version of the photo. When the lightbox is open, you can use the arrow keys to move back and forth through the set.
Camera Nerdery: Even in the closest shots the flying bird only filled 1/9th of the frame. Most of them were much farther off. I can see why birders often use 1.6x and 1.5x crop-sensor cameras along with lenses twice as long as what I was using. Here's the best I could manage with what I had. If you're looking for tips on handheld shots: lean against whatever you can, fences, trees--anything to stabilize your body. If you're at an overlook where they have those huge viewfinders that you feed quarters into, set your camera rig on top of the viewfinder and use its swiveling action to take panning shots. That's what I did.