Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mississippi Backwaters

Ringed-billed GullThis busy sky looks like rush hour for these beautiful birds.

It was really just a short lived traffic jam caused by an American Eagle passing
over the backwaters of the Mississippi River behind lock and dam 14 in Iowa.

Within moments the Gulls had settled back down into their prospective places.

Below, the finger print left in the snow located near these backwaters
tells me some-birdy was not lucky.

I think this print shows the Eagles tail was dragging along the snow as the Eagle closed in on it's prey. The tousled snow tells me where the prey trembled in fear.
Maybe a Ring-billed Gull?
I wonder.

There were hundreds of Gulls hanging around the lock and dam during my visits.

The gulls and eagles share a common fishing area
during the winter months at Lock and Dam 14.

The seagull is another nice bird for practice photographing birds in flight.

And practice, I did.

The over head fly by.

The hover.

Yes, something looks good below, the breaks are on.

Eye on the prize and heading toward it.

Going in for the kill.

Success!

Eat and run (fly).

Life is good. Smelt apparently is too.

Photos in this series taken with the Canon 7D.

3 comments:

  1. Terrific shots of the gulls and the evidence of the eagle.

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  2. Great series! Very interesting snow imprint..sure does look like the dragging tail! Wow..

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