taken with Panasonic DMC-FZ200, f/2.8, 1/160 sec, ISO 100, -2.3 stop, 108 mm (600 mm 35 mm equivalent)
My husband and extended our Tennessee fall trip an extra day. On our last day we were riding our tandem bicycle along River Rd. (FR 210) in Cherokee National Forest and as we crossed the river, I saw an eagle on a branch over the river. We stopped our bike and I got my camera out as quickly as I could, but it flew away before I could get a good shot of it. We encountered it several times up the river and I got about 40 photos of it. We rode our bike to the end of the road and turned around, stopping at the picnic area near the state line. While we were stopped, I checked out my photos on my camera to see if I had any good photos of the eagle. Then as I was refilling our waterbottles, my husband saw the eagle perched close by, looking at us. I quickly got my camera out again and got this one last photo before it flew away. It turned out to be my best photo of the eagle. We have traveled to this area annually for more than 20 years and have never encountered a bald eagle. It was a magical experience and made extending our trip seem like a great decision.