Thursday, January 30, 2014

Eagles hauling fish

Once more I headed to the Mississippi River to see the eagles fishing below the dams. The observation deck at Lock and Dam 18 near Burlington, IA was closed due to construction on the lock, but setting up on the road still gave a good view of many eagles passing overhead with big fish. Lock and Dam 19 near Keokuk, IA had a good number of eagles but a cold wind discouraged me from lingering there. The river was completely frozen over except for a small area under #18 and a larger stretch under #19, so the eagles were concentrated around those spots of open water. I got my best photos last year along the shore at Ft. Madison, but this year there was just solid ice. Click on the image for larger version.

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