Saturday, January 30, 2010

Highway 34 eagle

For some, the 175-mile stretch of South Dakota Highway 34 from Fort Pierre to Sturgis might represent a great emptiness. For the observant photographer, it's a treasure trove of prairie scenery and wildlife.

Yesterday afternoon's trip east on 34 yielded this magnificent bald eagle who rose from his haystack perch and circled off into the early evening sun.

So that elusive flying eagle shot that I've been trying to get along the Missouri River instead happened on the wide-open winter prairie. You just never know. Keep your eyes open and your camera ready!


Larry said...

Wow, what a couple of awesome shots! What focal length lens were you using?

Chad Coppess said...

Thanks, that was a 400mm, but they are also cropped quite a bit.