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.