I finally had a chance to get down to Lock and Dam 14 and meet up with Dave and Scott for some eagle shooting.
Last year was a poor year due to an unusually warm winter here in Iowa. This year was not looking good until we had a big snow storm in late December followed by a long spell of very cold weather. The rivers froze quickly forcing the eagles to the much larger unfrozen Mississippi to feed. The navigation Dams give the eagles a particularly bountiful feeding area as the fish that come through the dam are temporarily stunned. Of all the places on the Mississippi, Lock and Dam 14 provides some of the best waterside access with large perching trees in front of and behind the shooting location.
Mon 07-Jan-13 04:01 AM | edited Mon 07-Jan-13 11:54 AM by Bump57
Wonderful to see you again Dave. You needed some mm's today for sure. All are nice images but I really like #2. I tried for those all day since they were so far out there. I got two that I like and will post up later. I like the pose of your catch better though. Mine was a young bird and his face is kind of dark. I will probably skip next weekend and try for the following. Hope it stays cool...
Next weekend will probably be even more crowded with Eagle days in the Quad Cities and fairly warm weather. It could be in the 40’s or 50’s Friday and Saturday. It looks like the weather guessers think it will get cold again the following week.
I have always heard good things about Eagles at Alton, IL (is that L&D 24?) but I don’t know how the access to the river is in that area. If we have some good cold weather and sun it would be worth a drive up. Our best time of the day is from about noon until sunset. Let us (Dave E, Scott or me) know if you decide to make a trip up.
Hi Dave, L&D 24 is at Clarksville Missouri. Alton is a ways south of there. Been there but not for the eagles. I don't know were to shoot at Alton. If the weather looks like it will favor I will definitely make the trip. It won't be that far.
Come on down – the company is welcome. This is one of the only times that I shoot wildlife with a group of photographers. There will likely be some Nikonians at the dam on the weekend of the 19th. The hard part is figuring out who is who as it can get a bit crowded. I usually wear a brown camo hooded coat and pants and have a camo lens coat on my big lens.
It is supposed to get cold again this Sunday so it could be a good day if the sun is out. I have to work so I won’t be there this weekend.