Ma Berry

This past Sunday, Joyce and I made the trip up to Rome, Georgia to visit the Bald Eagle nest at Berry College.  We were invited to join the North Georgia Photography Club and their special guest, David Akoubian for the morning.  I must say, it ‘s not my favorite thing to do getting up early enough on Sunday morning to arrive in Rome before dawn but it was worth the effort.

David had informed the group that the eagles are usually most active right around sunrise as they go out hunting.  There are now two chicks in the nest to feed and they are getting pretty big these days so, they are HUNGRY!  The eagles do not get named since they are wild creatures.  People refer to the adults as Ma and Pa Berry and we saw both of them out hunting.  The male was first to return to the nest with a squirrel followed not to long after by Ma Berry with a duck.

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After the chicks were fed and the adults ate what they wanted, Ma Berry decided she needed some water so, she flew to the field that is between the nest and the main entrance of Berry College where there is a little spot that collects water.  We followed the experienced eagle addicts that had joined the group for a rare opportunity to catch a few eagle ground shots.  This image is my favorite from that time.

Berry College Bald Eagle Nest viewing area
Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
500mm @ f/14 –  1/250 sec – ISO 320

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Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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