I have three images for you today. I must have a thousand or more images of eagles sitting on a tree branch, but when I see one I have to photograph it. I was down at the Lock & Dam #11 in Dubuque to see if any eagles were fishing. They were not but there were 20 or more in the trees by the Lock and Dam. That’s the most eagles I’ve seen by the dam in a very long time.
That is exciting because it means it won’t be much longer and I’ll head a little South of here to do some eagle photography in LeClaire. 🙂
Come to think of it I have thousands of images of Ring-Billed Gulls and Canadian Geese as well. Same problem, when I see them I feel compelled to photograph them. I need to do some traveling and experience some new scenery. 🙂
My wife and my Friend Betty both love geese and there were hundreds of them at the 16th Basin and at Buck’s Branch yesterday so I had my pick. I started following this couple right after they swam out from under the bridge on 16th Street. They were pretty far apart but came within inches of running into each other. I mean maybe an inch as they were watching me the entire time.
That’s it for today. We are supposed to get a major snow storm this weekend. Jeanne and I have a Christmas party to go to out-of-town and we will be watching the radar this afternoon. There was a time when it didn’t matter what the weather was we were out among them. A lot older and a tiny bit wiser has made me much more cautious.
Enjoy your day. Stay warm and be careful.
Just one image for you today that I took a couple of weeks ago while visiting the Lock and Dam in Dubuque. First time out with the new Nikon D500 and I was just making some shots of the river traffic.
Nothing else on my mind today so I’ll thank you for stopping by the blog.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I went out Saturday afternoon looking for images because the sky was a deep blue and there were a lot of puffy clouds. One of my favorite conditions to shoot in. Problem was I couldn’t find anything to photograph (well that interested me.) So I paid a dollar and toured Eagle Point park.
It was a bit chilly and there were several people having picnics in their winter coats and hooded sweatshirts (not my idea of a picnic.) Anyway I was hoping for some small migrating birds but I couldn’t find anything other than sparrows and red-winged blackbirds.
There is a look out point at the park and so I shot a few images of the lock and dam system. For those who are not from this country the Mississippi River uses a series of locks and dams to control river levels and to assist with river traffic. Lock and Dam #11 is located at Dubuque, Iowa.
I noticed these pelicans sitting on the edge of the lock and so I shot this image in crop sensor mode (on my camera) which turned my 600 mm lens into essentially a 900 mm lens. I was pleased with the results considering I was hand holding the Sigma Contemporary lens.
I noticed this turkey vulture floating over the water so I followed him for a while with my lens.
This fish must have been dropped by an eagle. I’m sure it didn’t get there by itself. 🙂
Anyway it made a nice lunch for this guy.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Hey something besides eagles. 🙂
Okay I’ll admit there have been a lot of eagles on this blog of late but I have 1,500 images of them so I’m going to show a few more over the next weeks. But last Friday I did go looking for other things to photograph.
I photographed this barn several years ago in the Spring of the year. I had forgotten about it but when I went by it I knew I had to photograph it again.
One lone fishing boat on the river by the lock and dam. There was a pretty good expanse of open water below the dam, which allowed these fishermen to put their boat in the water. I would suspect they probably put it in on the Wisconsin side of the river.
Although I wasn’t particularly looking for eagles at the dam there were none to be found. Normally at Winter time they will sit on the ice near open water and fish from there. This year I have not seen one eagle at the lock and dam. The 16th Street Basin is completely frozen over so there is no wildlife there either.
Three years ago there were a lot of blue herons fishing at the Basin and I got a lot of great images of them fishing from the ice. I haven’t seen a heron at the Basin in a long time.
I’m sorry I couldn’t go a whole post without throwing in one eagle image.
That’s it for today. Thanks for checking out the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.