This was (for me) the main event of a week on Mull – a boat trip to photograph the white tailed sea eagles now well re-established in Scotland. In Scotland the weather is all important and this day was close to perfect – only one passing squall of rain which was soon over with.
I didn’t know what to expect in terms of how close any eagles could be lured to the boat so I started with a 70-200mm lens on a cropped sensor based on advice on the internet. At the first chance I switched to my 400mm. Over the day I also moved fron a minimum shutter speed of 1/1000 to 1/4000 at f8 and auto ISO (the highest ISO result was 3200). The resulting cropping, from an original 20 MPIX was to 2-3 MPIX using 200mm and 6-8 MPIX using the 400 mm.
It became obvious to me that some on the island disapprove of baiting to attract the eagles. As with all things there is a balance to be struck between extreme viewpoints and they seem to be close to that balance on Mull.