David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Monthly Archives: January 2015

One Last Prayer

One Last Prayer – Tuesday afternoon (1/20/15) as the sun was close to setting I caught this image. Did the eagle have a sense of what Wednesday would bring? As she bowed her head and said one last prayer looking at the eaglet.

I stood there thinking how good of parents they are to their young. I also wondered how much longer the nest would last in the dead tree praying they would have time to raise this eaglet to fledge one day. I decided to take and capture a full frame shot with as much tree and nest. I’m glad I did.

News today hit me like a ton of bricks. The Pearland eagle’s nest collapsed Wednesday (1/21/15) and the eaglet was found buried in the debris. It was rescued by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and taken to a rehab center for evaluation. Hopefully, it is ok and will be released when matured and ready. We can only hope the parents return to the same area next year.

Update: The eaglet is doing good.  They will be moving the eaglet to be raised by a surrogate.

Nikon D4,  500mm + 2.0tc, f/8, 1/1000’s, ISO 560



Northern Harrier

While at the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge you never know what you might see.   I was about to pack it all in and leave when this Northern Harrier came flying by.  Since I was still getting some early morning light I waited as it made a couple of fly-bys.

Nikon D4, 500mm +1.7tc, f/6.7, 1/1000’s, ISO 640