Back in December, I was out at the lake and just happened to look up and saw a large bird flying overhead. I had no time to make any camera adjustments - I simply pointed and started shooting. I was able to get exactly ten photos before the bird was out of range. At the time, I didn't know what I had seen, but with the assistance of a blog friend, it was identified as an immature Bald Eagle.
To be blunt, the photos are crap. The exposure is wrong and a few of the ten are just enough out of focus as to be unusable. Had I taken the time to make adjustments, I probably wouldn't have gotten any shots. The eagle was literally over top of me when I saw it. If you comment and say, "Oh, great photos!", I'm going to know that either (A), you're lying or (B), you didn't look at them before commenting. :-)
This post isn't about the pictures, but rather the fact that this was my very first Bald Eagle sighting in the wild. I'm not counting zoos or rehab centers. For the folks who see eagles all the time, this would be no big deal, but Bald Eagles still aren't that common place around here. For us, it's exciting. The fact I saw my first one in the wild AND managed to get some photos of it was very exciting! My goal now is to see an adult in the wild.