On a rainy April day I took the opportunity to visit Adlerwarte Berlebeck in order to test my enlarged equipment set for wildlife photography (more on that after my next trip). I’m not posting this to tell you how wonderfully a EOS 7D Mk II works with an EF100-400mm (gleefully borrowed). I’m rather taking the opportunity to introduce you to just one bird. Adlerwarte is kind of a raptor orphanage or sanctuary situated in my home town Detmold. It is said to be the largest such institution in Europe and I can only recommend to visit one of their “air shows” in which some of their birds of prey are released to roam the skies above the village of Berlebeck freely.
While several different types of birds perform on the show (falcons, eagles, vultures…) I refrain from giving you an overview and rather focus on the most majestic of all: Meet Hillary, the bald eagle. The heraldic animal of the United States of America has quite some impressive wing span and it gets even more impressive if it passes by so close it almost touches you. What I liked most about observing Hillary was that the majestic bird doesn’t always look like a majestic bird at all. It rather looks like the raptor it is in one moment and like a drowned cat in the next. Puzzled on one picture, aggressive on the next. That doesn’t have anything to do with what Hillary actually feels – but doesn’t that make the interpretation even more fun?