She's more intense in Large.
I spotted a pair of bald eagles in a distant tree (see extras), so of course, I pulled over to get a shot. They were pretty far for a decent image, so of course, I slowly started off across the field that was between me pair and me. I cut the distance by about 1/3 and stopped for a test shot... still to far, so of course I kept on going. That's when they both took to flight. The female went to the left, the male to the right. I couldn't track both, but I locked on the the female. She flew out and then cut back in towards me. Click, click click. At some point I started to feel uncomfortable as she got bigger and bigger in my view finder. It also dawned on me that her guy was probably doing the same thing behind me. A quick check and, yep he was. I lowered the camera and backed away... They were too close and definitely sending me a message. Perhaps they were guarding a nearby nest, though I couldn't see one. Over all it surprised me a bit, as I've been closer to eagles and owls than this. But what ever there reason, I didn't want to push my luck. Nor did I want to make them uncomfortable, so I backed away. They circled and flew off together.
An exhilarating experience, but the kicker was that the last 10 shot (as she got super close) weren't in focus. :( Normally I keep the camera set to continuous focus (for tracking moving objects). Earlier today I was using the spot focus setting and forgot to change it back. I didn't refocus after she targeted me(!), but at least many of the early flight images turned out. UGHHHH.
- Nikon D810