I had gotten in a used Canon lens that I had purchased this past week and wanted to make sure it was in working order. I attached a 2X extender and pulled into the Rockpile park, birding site number 7 below Wilson Dam on the Colbert side of the Tennessee River. The temperature was in the twenties and windy, so I parked in a spot that I could see the river and get a clear shot of flying birds and rolled the window down. The falls near the dam was also frozen. Just after I took a few pictures, a mature bald eagle flew across the trees and over my truck and up toward the bluff over the park.
Cold or not, I jumped out of my truck and tried to find where it was. It landed up in a tree above another eagle. The only problem was that a bright sun was behind them in the best spot to photograph them. I walked down the road until I could get rid of the glare of the sun. Not the best spot, but you don’t see bald eagles every day.