If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably saw where I mentioned during a recent trip to the smokies some friends and I made a trip over to The American Eagle Foundation. I have visited several bird rehab facilities and exhibits, but The American Eagle Foundation had the most number of birds of any I have been to. They are doing pretty incredible things there with both rehab and education.
On our tour, they had several birds outside. As photographers we got excited for this, because a large portion of the time these tours and/or shows are held indoors in some pretty crummy light. Seeing that a lot of the birds were outside got us excited.
They probably had 20 or so different birds outside, but let's face it, this is The American Eagle Foundation....we're really here for the eagles. They probably had 4 or 5 eagles on display of varying ages. This is Lincoln. He is a fully mature eagle and an amazing looking bird. Not only did we spend some time photographing him, but later we got to see him fly within a foot of us and even took our picture with him.
The folks associated with AEF were fantastic! I'll definitely be going back anytime I head to the smokies.
Equipment list: Nikon D850 and Tamron 100-400 F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD
EXIF Info: Aperture-priority, 1/1,600 sec, f/8, ISO 400, 400mm