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Communing with My Adopted Eagle Family—one Smith Rock Wildlife Photographer’s Story

Guest blogger Jack Wills has a special connection to wildlife, and they to him. A self-described “semi-professional” photographer, Jack has decided to focus on them specifically for the last 15 years. The result is an amazing portfolio with images that make you feel a part of his “Animal Kingdom” experience.

Jack Wills Photography website
Jack Wills Photography website

We were fortunate to run into him hanging out with his bald eagle family here at Smith Rock the other day. In addition to sharing some of his images from the day, he shared his story of what makes the park so special to him as a wildlife photographer.

Balds and Goldens are Back

It’s nesting time again at Smith Rock State Park for both pairs of golden and bald eagles. While hiking trails remain open, some campsites and climbing route closures will go into effect from February 17 to August 1 to give them a little privacy.

Canyon Trail and Campground (Bivy) areas:

  • The bald eagle nest is located near posted signs along the Canyon Trail. Park managers are asking for those using the trail to please:

    *KEEP NOISE TO A MINIMUM

    *DO NOT LOITER & STAY ON TRAIL

    *TRAVEL IN GROUPS OF 4 OR LESS

Up Close and Personal with George Lepp and the Bald Eagles of Smith Rock

George Lepp is serious about capturing bald eagles, photographically speaking.

Two years ago he spent 12 weeks and over 80 hours documenting a pair of bald eagles from hatching to fledging. After watching the 10-minute movie in the Welcome Center he made of the process, we wanted to learn more about George.

George Lepp photographing bald eagles at Smith Rock State ParkSome of his credits include Field Editor for Outdoor Photographer Magazine and a Canon “Explorer of Light,” which features the industry’s most influential photographers.

His images have appeared in some of the world’s most widely viewed venues and on the covers of many books and magazines too numerous to list here.