When we first approached the bald eagle my game plan was to get some shots on the card as quickly as I could. That meant stopping the car before the tree and accepting that we’d be shooting at the shaded side of the bird. Anyone who has photographed birds knows that time wasted easily translates into watching a bird fly away. We stopped.
The photo is not the quality of the ones that came after we moved the car to see the sunny side of the bird but I thought it was a bit humorous to see the bird with its tail feathers propped up by the branch. Maybe that is another characteristic of perching material that they look for as they land. I know I would.