I've always thought that photo shooting from a boat on Skagit River is the best for Bald Eagle photo shooting.... until I went to Nooksack River near Deming a couple days ago. This shooting spot was introduced to me several years ago but I did not pay attention. Recently, Quynh stated that this spot is actually very good by showing his images. The spot is where Nooksack River swings wide and open and forms lots of delta banks and food (salmon) pockets. When you drive Baker Highway east, turn right at Mosquito Lake Drive near Deming, and in 3minutes south.
Bald Eagle Photo Shooting at Nooksack River - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
We can see many eagles around there. Some are on the bank, some are on the branch on the bank, some are perching on the tree, and some are flying. In terms of number of the eagle heads, this place shows higher concentration than Skagit River. Although we can not come close to the eagles here, their activity seems to be very high. From finding foods to chasing other bird who has a food, there are lots of active scenes we can observe. The shooting spot is from the road (or side of the road) or on the bridge. You may see above 360VR images of the spot. As you can see, we need to be careful about the car running behind but there are plenty of car parking spaces and photo shooting spots. This was taken on the 4th of January, 2014. Eagle activities are high in the morning breakfast time 8:00-9:30am, and in late afternoon for dinner time 2:30-5:00pm. Activity is usually low in between time. The lighting in the afternoon is ideal for photo shooting if not blocked by the clouds.
One of challenges in eagle photo shooting is the distance to the subject. All of my images were taken with 300mm plus x2.0 extender (600mm equivalent). I feel it is not still enough reach and wish I could have 800mm or longer.....
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