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Archive for Sunday, March 7, 2004

Wild animals become photographer’s pet project

March 7, 2004

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Photographer: Richard Gwin

Camera: Nikon D1X

Lens: 500mm

ISO: 800

Aperture: 5.6

Shutter: 500

Shooting eagle pictures has been sort of a pet project of mine since I started working at the Lawrence Journal-World.

I remember pulling out of the parking lot and seeing two large birds hovering over the former Lawrence Paper Co. and parking to take a look. To my surprise, I saw not only a bald eagle but also a golden eagle. It was a pretty neat experience for a small-town Kansas boy.

During the past 25 years, I've done everything from hiding under a white sheet in the middle of winter to just driving up to the birds in a car. This latest picture was shot from the walkway on the Kansas River bridge. It was a cold morning, and the birds were fishing on the only piece of open water on the river, just below Bowersock Dam.

I just followed the birds in flight as they slowly hovered over the water, firing a few frames at a time. With our new digital gear, I was able to tell right away I'd captured some nice frames.

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