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Photography of Eagles at the National Eagle Center

Using Sony A7RIV for Eagle Photography

Are you a wildlife photography enthusiast, looking to capture stunning images of animals in their natural habitat? If so, you may want to consider the Sony A7RIV camera and Sony 200-600mm lens for your next adventure. In this blog, we will explore how to take photos of animals using this equipment, and share some tips for capturing the perfect shot.

Branden Bodendorfer, a photographer from Marshfield, Wisconsin, visited the National Eagle Center and used the Sony a7r iv and 200-600mm lens to capture some incredible photos of eagles. Let’s take a look at some of his techniques and tips.

Use APS-C Mode

One of the most helpful tips for eagle photography with the Sony a7r iv and 200-600mm lens is to use APS-C mode. This mode increases the focal length by 1.6x, which means that you can get closer to the eagles without physically moving closer to them. However, it does reduce the megapixels from 61 to 26, which means that your final image will have a lower resolution. This mode also maximizes the focus coverage across the sensor, which is especially helpful when tracking moving eagles.

Keep the Shutter Speed High

Eagles are fast-moving birds, and it’s crucial to keep the shutter speed high to capture their motion without blurring. A minimum shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second is recommended. If the light is low, increase the ISO to maintain a high shutter speed.


Use Continuous Shooting Mode

Eagles can be unpredictable, and you never know when they’ll take flight. That’s why it’s important to use continuous shooting mode to capture multiple images in quick succession. This will increase your chances of getting a great shot of an eagle in flight.

Eagle’s eyes are sharp and intense, and they add an emotional connection to the photo. When focusing, make sure to focus on the eyes to bring the eagle to life in your photos.

Directions to the National Eagle Center from Eau Claire, Madison WI, and St. Paul:

From Eau Claire: Take WI-37 N and WI-35 N to WI-54 E in Trempealeau County. Follow WI-54 E and WI-35 N to US-61 S in Wabasha County. Follow US-61 S to the National Eagle Center.

From Madison WI: Take I-90 W to US-52 S in Goodhue County. Take exit 256 from I-90 W. Follow US-52 S and US-61 N to the National Eagle Center.

From St. Paul: Take US-52 S and US-61 N to the National Eagle Center.

In conclusion, the National Eagle Center is an excellent place to capture some stunning photos of eagles. With the Sony a7r iv and 200-600mm lens, you can get up close and personal with these magnificent birds and capture their beauty in your photos. Remember to use APS-C mode, keep the shutter speed high, use continuous shooting mode, and focus on the eyes for the best results. We hope you have a great time capturing photos of eagles at the National Eagle Center.