The most valuable
camera in the world to you is the one you have with you. Such
was the case on September 24, 2004 while driving home. Bald eagles
are particularly rare in Arizona, and are very seldom seen. They
migrate up from Mexico up to northern Arizona each year, and
for a few weeks they can be seen along their migratory route.
This sequence of images was taken along the Verde River along
Highway 87 going north. I was parked on the bridge and had only
my Sony P10, a 5 Mega pixel camera with a lowly 3x zoom. But
it is very sharp, and the details were recorded well. While I
was shooting, a huge hawk came out of nowhere and tried to tear
the eagles head off, but the eagle deflected the attack.
Here is the full scene,
with the nearly full moon behind in the sky. The eagle is in
the tree top surveying the land.