2015-09 Mull boat trip – Sea Eagles

wpid1268-2015-09-21-Sea-Eagles_279.jpgThis 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. 

A new day in the Sound of Ulva
The first ferry of the day setting off from the Ulva Ferry landing.
The ferry approaching the Boathouse. You have to summon the ferry by exposing the correct coloured panel on the wall on the Mull side of the sound. Just don't expect anything to happen quickly.
EF 70--200 at 200mm f8 1/1000 ISO 1250
EF 70--200 at 200mm f8 1/1000 ISO 250
EF 70--200 at 200mm f8 1/1000 ISO 250
EF 70--200 at 200mm f8 1/1000 ISO 250
EF 70--200 at 200mm f8 1/1000 ISO 250
EF 70--200 at 200mm f8 1/1000 ISO 250
EF 70--200 at 200mm f8 1/1000 ISO 640
EF 70--200 at 200mm f8 1/1000 ISO 1250
EF 70--200 at 200mm f8 1/1000 ISO 250
EF 400 f8 1/2000 ISO 800
EF 400 f8 1/2000 ISO 500
EF 400 f8 1/2000 ISO 640
EF 400 f8 1/2000 ISO 800
EF 400 f8 1/2000 ISO 800
EF 400 f8 1/2000 ISO 640
EF 400 f8 1/2000 ISO 640
EF 400 f8 1/2000 ISO 1250
EF 400 f8 1/2000 ISO 500
Trying a faster shutter speed EF 400 f8 1/4000 ISO 2000
EF 400 f8 1/4000 ISO 2000
EF 400 f8 1/4000 ISO 1600
Juvenile Herring Gull EF 400 f8 1/4000 ISO 2500
Gannet EF 400 f8 1/4000 ISO 3200
Gannet EF 400 f8 1/4000 ISO 2000
Gannet EF 400 f8 1/4000 ISO 1600
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