What really happened?

The patient wildlife photography way …

I get a tip from a friend about an eagle that frequents a secluded spot and immediately check it out. I find the eagle and start preparations.

During the night, I set up my blind and crawl into it during the early morning hours. For three days I sit and wait for the eagle to land close enough for a predetermined portrait shot. Finally on the fourth day I get my shot. It’s all worth the wait. Except it didn’t quite happen like that.

The Krahnpix way …

I’m staring out the window of the truck looking but not really seeing. We are in the Manitoba prairies on the way home from a rare trip east.

By habit I keep noting unusual shapes that may mark the presence of significant birds. An odd shape keeps getting larger until we get almost parallel with it and I announce, “There’s an eagle.” What is it doing here?

We make a hurried stop but are too far away and I notice the ditch between me and the eagle is filled with water. My natural aversion to getting wet shoes stops me in my tracks. My wife suggests a way around it.

I jump back into the truck and we drive around to a side road that takes us much closer. We ease past the still-present eagle and stop the truck. I scramble to the open hatch and desperately try to extract my camera and lens from underneath a pile of luggage. This was poor planning! Three tugs later I get it out and quickly swing around to take a photo. I adjust the exposure and move to a better location while the eagle is still landed.

A few minutes later I’m staring out the window at the Manitoba prairies rolling by. Did I just get a rare-for-me eagle shot? Sweet.


Latest Comments

  1. Sara Vilarrubias says:

    Amazing photos! Perfect 😀


  2. Inger says:

    Reading the introduction I though ‘wow – that’s more patience than I will ever have…’. Hurrying to get the camera out and the telephoto lens on is more my style as well:) Awesome shot!


  3. Dalo 2013 says:

    And I am a bit jealous…I’ve yet to capture a nice Bald Eagle shot, so congratulations 🙂


  4. Dalo 2013 says:

    🙂 I like the way you shoot, we’d definitely get along well.


  5. hannele says:

    Beautiful photos!

    I’m also more of a… spontaneous photographer, than an organized one who plans well ahead. Seems to work, at least to some extent! 😀


  6. Birder's Journey says:

    Wow! Great story, and fabulous portraits. My husband and I just came back from an hours-long search for an eagle nest we know is not far from here, but we have yet to find it, alas ….


  7. HonieBriggs says:

    Sweet! You may be interested in checking out the Raptor Resource Project http://raptorresource.blogspot.com/. The Egg/Hatch/Fledge process of the Decorah, Iowa eagles took about 80 days each time in 2015. You can check out what happens via live streaming at http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles.


  8. Mandy says:

    I would be disappointed if the Krahnpix way was anything but unusual 🙂


  9. Lavinia Ross says:

    Those are great eagle photos. Lyle! And your wife to thank for them! Keep up the stories along with those wonderful photos. I do enjoy them.


  10. Jeff | Planet Bell says:

    That is a great photograph, that only an obsessive wildlife photographer could get! When I see the photo, I am very proud of America.


  11. Janes Heartsong says:

    You, know I was thinking “Oh no.Don’t tell me he flew away.” Felt the excitement and you got gorgeous shots!


  12. Gunta says:

    That’s got to be one of the best eagle shots I’ve seen! And you have your wife to thank for it! What a pair you make.


  13. Cindy says:

    Well done Lyle, cracking photo!


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  15. Stephen G. Hipperson says:

    Sweet, indeed! Of course, once you camera was in your hand your excellent camera craft kicked in automatically and it was a case of ‘job done’!
    (Just think, if you hadn’t have made the effort you wouldn’t have got the shot – then you would have kicked yourself at some time in the future – we get the shots by trying to get them, not thinking about getting them! ;))


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      You are absolutely right about living with the regret of not trying to get the shot! It’s often a mystery which one of my attempts will yield results. And the thinking about it never succeeds. I appreciate your thots.


  16. David says:

    Nice shot.


  17. Alison says:

    Lucky you! And a nice capture to boot!


  18. anotherday2paradise says:

    Fabulous shot, Lyle. Whatever would you do without your wife to advise you? 🙂


  19. John Siller says:

    Brought a smile at my end… The mad scramble for the camera during an unexpected wildlife encounter is something I have done myself. Great images as usual!

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  20. Krista Routledge says:

    What a stunning shot and even after having to re-route & TUG that camera outta there!! Fantastic.
    Love the story that makes this rare shot just that much better. Thanks for sharing.
    I always enjoy your photos and have also liked reading the accompanying stories when time allows.
    Keep up the great work.


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      It’s funny because I distinctly remember another eagle I encountered that flew away even though my truck was just slowing down and a much greater distance away. I never know how these encounters will turn out but this one was a lot of fun. I’m happy to hear that you enjoy the posts. Thanks for commenting.


  21. Susan Portnoy says:

    I just love moments like that. Makes the image that much sweeter. Great post. 🙂


  22. Earth Under my Feet says:

    What a beaut Lyle, gorgeous capture!


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