I had moved in closer and now the sun helped. There was detail in the feathers and an eye was visible. I wanted to get closer, but did not want him to fly. Another car drove by and stopped about 20 feet from him for about 30 seconds and moved on. The eagle did not flinch. I moved in closer. This is the first shot from my new location.
He did not appear to be concerned. So I started shooting in earnest. I changed my camera setting. I wanted to shoot without the predictive focus on because sometimes with a stationary subject it is just a tad off. I got one shot off with it turned off before he flew. This is it.
He landed on the ground just below the fence post. I got several pics of the grass.
If you look really close you still cannot see the eagle. I waited and waited and waited suddenly he flew. I got several pics like this.
I figured it was over, but no he landed on a post right across the road. I have had birds fly closer to me, but never a bird of prey. Here is the first pic from the location of the eagle's choosing.
I took several in this location before he flew again. Again when he took off I was not prepared, and missed him.
This is maybe the best shot of him
I didn't get any pics of horses that day. They did not cooperate like the eagle.