Shaped by Wind

 “Shaped by Wind” Neal Maine/ Pacific Light Images, July 2016

“The reason this area is so rich and so beautiful and so wonderful is because there’s still wildlife in the habitat.  Observe, enjoy it and have it make your day richer.”–Neal Maine (The Daily Astorian/ July 2016)

PacificLight Images is dedicated to raising awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with whom we share the region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands and forests.

The photography by Neal Maine centers around coastal and Columbia River landscape, ecology and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems.

Unless otherwise noted, all PacificLight Images are presented as photographed.  Slight adjustment by cropping, lightening or darkening may have been used.


“We should become observers of wildlife.  Be intrigued with the interaction of the wildlife, the phenomena of feeding, the moving, and the interacting.” –Neal Maine (The Daily Astorian/July 2016)

PacificLight Images is dedicated to working with coastal communities to protect wildlife habitat and its connectivity. A percentage of all photography sales are donated to North Coast Land Conservancy to help further this goal. For more about NCLC please visit

Save the date and time.
Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Fairweather House and Gallery

August 6th 5-7: pm

Opening reception


At 6:pm on August 6th Neal Maine introduces his latest images and will speak about the natural history and ecology of the local habitat “found in our own back yards along the coastal edge.

For more about the photographer please visit Maine

More about eagles:

Q: Where does a Bald Eagle build its nest and how big is it?

A: Bald Eagles build their nests near water and primarily in very tall trees. Their nests are usually about 4 to 5 feet across but have been known to be 10 feet across. The nest can weigh up to 1000 pounds and is so strong that a human would be able to stand in it without breaking the nest.

Q: Why do Bald Eagles have such big, strong nests when they have only two small eggs?

A: Bald Eagles are about 3 feet from their head to their tail and before the nestlings leave the nest, they become as large as their parents and need a lot of room for their 6 foot wingspan. The nests need to be very sturdy because the eaglets jump up and down, flapping their wings when they’re learning to fly.

Q: How long do the nestlings stay in the nest? When do they learn to fly?

A: Eaglets stay in the nest and are fed by their parents for 12 to 14 weeks. They practice flapping their wings and hopping in the nest, often jumping up to other branches, called branching, close to their nest. After days or weeks of jumping, flapping and branching, they fly off the nest. This first flight is called “fledging.”

Q: How long is it before the chicks look like their parents?

A: It takes a juvenile eagle about 4–6 years before they get all their adult feathers and coloring. Until then, they have brown bodies including their head and tail, with some white feathers mixed in.

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