Friday, February 4, 2011

Eagles at the Mall

Today's Photo - Eagles at the Carousel Mall, Syracuse, NY.

Although I'm not at all proud of the quality of the images in today's post, it is interesting in that there are not too many places that you can take photographs of eagles from a shopping mall's parking lot!

Onondaga Lake on the north side of Syracuse was once one of the most polluted lakes in the country.  Although it is still far from pure, it has been improved to the point where fish & eagles have moved in. This winter most of the lake is frozen over, however the Metropolitan Syracuse Wastewater Treatment Plant discharges into the lake, forming a small section of open water where the eagles can catch fish.  Between 15 & 22 of the normally solitary birds can be seen perched in & flying over the trees that line the shore of the lake.

A lucky photographer from the local newspaper, the Post Standard, was given the opportunity to enter a restricted area near the plant to capture some close up images.  Here is a link to the article in the paper.

I managed to take a couple of images with a D700, a 2x tele extender, and a 300mm lens.  All are cropped - the eagles are quite a ways from the mall...

Here are a couple more:

Till next time!

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