Lisa's Bald Eagle Documentary
Scenes, images from the past 12 years of Lisa's Bald Eagle Documentary, filmed over a 12 mile stretch of land in the back sloughs, rivers of the Whitewater Valley by National Award-winning Author and Photographer Lisa Loucks Christenson. Animal behavior, eagles, a community of wildlife as witnessed by Lisa through the seasons, blizzards, flash floods, tornadoes, and some of the finest, warmest sunny days has ever Minnesota offered. Licensed Song: Radiant God by Hannah Ford
Lisa Loucks Christenson celebrates the end of winter with her camera in hand and Bald Eagles in sight. Lisa Loucks Christenson
Lisa Loucks Christenson
"Looking back, I've spent the majority of my life, over 45 years, studying and documenting life through a small rectangle window where I frame up and shoot, in a nanosecond of
As a young child I loved creating my own picture books, nature books, and my personal handwritten illustrated field guides that included every animal or insect I discovered. I learned how to shoot pictures with my parents' Polaroid camera. Back then, film was sold in eight-packs of exposures, black-and-white. When I became a teenager, I started marketing and selling my images, winning awards, a national photo competition, fair ribbons, earned from images I shot on my first camera, a faithful Minolta SRT 201. Next, I bought a movie camera, then another with sound, a Super 8mm. I made some truly silly clay animation movies, several. I think one of them is floating around on an old website that I converted to a .gif on the Internet. I filmed family, my parakeet running in my hamster wheel, a lot of black footage while I learned the cost and loss of shooting in low light. I documented wildlife, insects, flowers, and two horror movies for a high school project for me, and later for some friends. The movies really were not that scary. I used my graduation money to purchase my Nikon F3.
I’ve been blessed with a lot of interesting jobs. Variety is key to all adventures, right? Who but god knew He was planting a dream when I signed on as a female lumberjack on the vegetation crew for the Minnesota Conservation Corps. I'm not kidding, it was hard work. There are a lot of challenges to face working in a lot of hot weather, climbing goat prairies, stepping in ground hornet nests, or sawing them down (unknowingly). True fact: I was given the opportunity of a lifetime working in most of the state parks in central and SE Minnesota. My experience on this job led to my deeper appreciation for our outdoors and taught me about the importance of preservation of our state lands and parks for the enjoyment of our future generations. It was also a turning point for my life. I made the decision at the end of the season to pursue my outdoor photography as a professional career.
Being a wildlife photograph is a wonderful career, but my job isn't just taking pretty pictures. Just like the gig working for the MCC, It's a lot of hard work breaking through 6-10 foot Canary grass, stinging nettles, broken flood brush, tripping, sliding, falling, stepping into bogs, quicksand, getting stung or bit by every kind of insect, a few snakes, avoiding animal big animal attacks and bites, staying dry and warm, and keeping equipment moving in -40 and colder temps. I've even worked outside when the temps hit -70s with wind chill, and to 116+ degrees with the heat index, staying ahead of the flash floods, severe thunderstorms and I won't even mention my thoughts on driving in the back roads on winter roads.
I've been studying the eagles for years, and just started year 13 on 1/1/17. I've put together books, journals, photos, and films for each year of my documentary, but won't release the books until a future date. The eagles have been written about through the bible, and I've enjoyed documenting their lives.
I film and document the stories I find. I speak and educate others about their births, family life, the struggles, their journeys, their migrations, their lives as I witnessed them—their true existence while they were here.