Fox Lake, Illinois
Three years ago I was visiting a friend in Fox Lake, Illinois. He knew I liked to take bird photos and he told me he had a pair of bald eagles nesting nearby. We went out early and over the course of a few hours I shot some nice photos of the eagles. Then of all of a sudden, I see this great blue heron flying right into a clump where the eagles had their nest. The eagle takes off after the heron, defending the nest, and I got this shot. This image won a NANPA award in 2010. Also a top 250 photo in the Audubon Society of Greater Denver's Share the View 2013 contest.
Color correction, slight exposure correction, bringing out more detail in the birds. Some cropping. No manipulation.