I've been wanting to spend some time shooting eagles, so on a recent sunny day with no commitments, I decided to explore the Mississippi shore line to see what I could find. With patience, I was able to get 30 or so 'keepers' that I was happy with. I shot this with my 300 f/2.8 with a TC-2eIII teleconverter, making it 600mm f/5.6. I shot wide open to keep the shutter speed high as I was hand holding and this lens doesn't have vibration reduction. I also wanted to keep the ISO as low as possible to keep the detail as fine as possible in the feathers. Next time I will experiment with a drop in polarizer and see if I can extract more detail out of the white feathers on their heads. I took some fabulous detail shots of a few eagles sitting in the trees when stopped down to f/8.
The entire collection can be found here: http://www.gulbransonphoto.com/p22388668