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.