American Eagle Guarding the Nest / by Ed Shanahan

Yesterday, a friend I and I went "looking for eagles" at a local nature preserve where some have been sighted. Nesting eagles are notoriously difficult to shoot. They build their nests in the tops of high trees, as far away from people as they can get. Once there are hatchlings, one of the eagle pair will always stay with the nest, hunkering down and looking for predators, while the other eagle hunts. We were prepared to capture an eagle in flight (ready with very fast shutter speeds), which we did not get, but were fortunate to be able to capture this shot of an eagle guarding the nest.  1/2000s, f6.3, ISO 300. Shot w a 300mm lens on a crop sensor and heavily cropped in post production to zoom in on the eagle.