I finally made it to LeClaire yesterday and went to Lock & Dam #14 to see if I could get some eagle images. The parking lot had several cars in it and there were about 10 – 15 photographers on the observation deck so I knew it wasn’t going to be a banner day for sure. I have three images for you today.
Only two eagles flew over the water close enough to photograph. I have hundreds of images like this one but I can never pass up an opportunity to photograph this magnificent bird.
The only excitement was when this large pelican came by the platform very close and landed a few hundred feet from the lock. He then just drifted past us as he floated back to the lock. We were all so hungry for something to photograph that all cameras were pointed at him and the sound of shutters clicking was in the air. 🙂
I saw something yesterday I had never seen before at the platform. There were tons of fish floating on the surface moving past the platform. Fish of all sizes. Some seemed dead but some of the larger fish were moving (like they were stunned) and I saw several swim to deeper water. It would have been a smorgasbord for the eagles but only two came by and neither of them seemed interested the buffet.
I had one image that, while I was trying to follow the second eagle and got ahead of him and the lens focused on the trees across the river. I didn’t notice it until I was going through my images. Those trees were full of eagles, at least a hundred of them. 🙂
If I had of known that I would have crossed the river and tried to find that location.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I finally made it to Lock and Dam #14 yesterday. I left home with high hopes as the sun was shinning but when I arrived at the dam I only saw 4 cars in the parking lot, which told me the eagles were not going to be very active. That prediction was correct.
I have three images for you today, however most of the action took place father away from the observation platform and so I couldn’t really get any close up shots of the eagles.
I captured this image just before he put his talons in the water. I was a little early with the shot but he snuck up on me and so it was just a rapid spray of images. He didn’t get a fish from this effort so I didn’t feel too bad.
I have this image of an eagle that was successful with his fishing but I didn’t get a shot of him with his talons in the water.
I only stayed at the dam for a couple of hours. Other photographers came after I arrived and left before me. Even the few diehards were discussing their departure when I packed it in.
The good news is there were other critters to photograph and they were much closer so I’ll hopefully have those for your tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Tuesday! ~ 276
Just your common, everyday, run of the mill, ubiquitous Robin. Making an image of one is kind of like making an image of a cow. They are everywhere and we don’t seem to pay much attention to them.
In the early Spring when we’re waiting for signs that Winter is finally over the sighting of that first Robin is an exhilarating feeling. Spring is finally here. After that they become so common place that they blend into obscurity.
So why all the images of Robins? Well as I was working on my bird feeder project I followed the antics of this particular Robin. He is in all the shots today. He was oblivious of me and just did his thing going from the basketball backboard, to the bird bath for a drink, and then finally off to the big tree at the back of the yard. Kind of fun just to watch him do his thing.
Busy day at work yesterday, lots going on and trying to fit it all in during the normal work hours is a challenge. Generally Summer with all the vacations and temporary help is a fairly slow time for me but not so this year. I had lunch with my good friend and then had to go to LeClaire, Iowa. I don’t get there very often but it is a wonderful community.
I was a little early for my appointment and since it was close I drove by the Lock and Dam 14. The last time I was there it was eagle season and the observation area all around the observation area was full of photographers. Yesterday it was (not quite as full) the fishermen who were in charge. Lots of them sitting in chairs and on the rocks with their fishing poles in the water waiting for the elusive bite.
After dinner Jeanne had PEO so I sat on the back patio with my tripod and camera finding an image for the bird feeder project. I am enjoying this project a lot and unlike the 365 project I don’t have to think about what I’m going to shoot each day. I just set up by the bird feeders and shoot away. It’s great fun watching the turf wars and the parents feeding their young. Often times the young ones are as big as the parents. 🙂
Each night I have to chore. Clean out the bird bath (crazy birds poop in their own water.) Then replenish the favorite feeders and then of course hose off the patio closest to the feeders from the birds left overs. It looks like I’m going to have to make another run to the store for more supplies. They are hungry guys.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. I hope you enjoy your day and be careful.