|Roosting high above|
Wisconsin River. dwm
In southern Wisconsin, it was a fairly balmy day in paradise. Sunny skies, light winds, and a high temperature of 14 expected.
We drove north 20 miles to check out the local tourists.
Bald Eagles enjoy spending their winters along the Wisconsin River.
|"I'm ready for my close up." dwm|
Since moving to Madison, each winter includes a trip to Prairie du Sac to check out the Bald Eagles.
The past weekend may have been the best trip yet. 2013 2014 2015 2016
There's no telling on the drive up if you will even see the eagles. It's not like they have an appearance schedule or anything like that.
Second, if the birds are roosting, the next concern is if my camera lens will 'reach' far enough to capture their image. If they are in range, they might be facing away from my position.
Another variable are other people out looking at the eagles. Some ignore the signs asking viewers stay in their vehicle so they don't frighten the birds. Others seem oblivious to bird watchers trying to quietly observe the avian visitors.
|Looking for breakfast. dwm|
Since it's been seriously cold for more than a week (lows below 20 for more than a week), it was a bit of a surprise how much of the river through Prairie du Sac was still open.
The colder it gets and stays forces the birds to gather closer to areas of the river which stay open on the coldest days.
It was worth bundling up a little and making the short trip to see the snow-birds visiting their winter homes.