Common Merganser Males




Today’s post features some of the many ducks we constantly had around us during my January “Wintering Bald Eagle” photo workshop on the Mississippi River. We had several species of ducks present, but the overwhelming majority were Common Mergansers. Today, I’m featuring the adult males; I have some of the females that I will feature […]

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Fun Friday: Open Wide!




Today’s “Fun Friday” post comes from my January bald eagle photography workshop on the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa. A single, American White Pelican flew in and was fishing in front of us for a while, during 2 of our 3 days on the river. I just love the expression on this guy as he […]

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More Bald Eagle Images From Day 1




Today’s post includes some more images captured on Day 1 of my recent “Wintering Bald Eagles” photo workshop. Starting out extremely cold, the day ended up still cold (but a few degrees warmer) and the steam burned off, leaving us with some nice, blue skies with a few, puffy white clouds dispersed across the sky. […]

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A Steamy Situation, and More




Some more intense steam rising from the Mississippi River images from Day 1 of the workshop: Later in the morning, the sun began to rise and gave a nice yellow tint to the steam and surrounding area, as a lone Bald Eagle flew across the river: Later in the day, the steam subsided, probably due […]

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Playing ‘Hot Potato’




I had a really great photo workshop with the wintering Bald Eagles on the Mississippi River last week. It was a small group photo workshop with 3 participants and myself. We were graced with a large showing of Bald Eagles, as well as large numbers of Common Mergansers, a few Mallards, and a lone American […]

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Dancing in the Rain




While photographing the covered bridges of Madison County, Iowa, several small trees had wonderful, red fruit on them (persimmon trees?). When the cold rains came down on one of my days there, I went back to the Cedar covered bridge where I had seen these trees, and captured some closeup images with raindrops hanging from […]

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Those Fabulous Fall Leaves




I enjoyed a few days “off” and have been busy chasing fall colors around the Midwest. I spent 3 days in Madison County, Iowa (anyone ever heard of the “Bridges of Madison County”?), photographing the 6 covered bridges and fall colors. Had some nice weather and lots of photo ops, even though I missed peak […]

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Rrrrrrr, Ya Got Me Fish?




Today’s post was a real treat to observe and photograph during my recent “Wintering Bald Eagles” photo workshop on the Mississippi River … an adult Bald Eagle pirating a fish away from an immature Bald Eagle. In the winter, the eagles appear to be quite communal, roosting and perching with other eagles … often multiple […]

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Fishing Low Over the River




On many occasions during the recent “Wintering Bald Eagles” photo workshop, bald eagles soared and banked low over the Mississippi River while checking the river for any fish near the surface. This is one of my favorite eagle photography poses … soaring and banking low over the river: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 […]

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Sunrise Over the Mississippi




During my “Wintering Bald Eagles” photo workshop, we captured this awesome sunrise one morning as we stood along the Mississippi River, waiting for the Bald Eagles to fly in for fishing. Unfortunately, only one bald eagle flew across the brilliant sky, but we did have a few Canada Geese make the flyby: Photographic Equipment Used: […]

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