The American Bald Eagles of Lock & Dam 14.

A wonderful post about the Bald Eagle and the photographer’s experience!

Fotografia by Miguel - Nature Photographer.

lock-dam-14-and-the-bald-eagle-miguel-acosta-6538 American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) at Lock & Dam 14.

Lock and Dam 14:

Located in the city of Le Claire, IA. Hailed as one of the better bald eagle viewing opportunities in the continental US, each winter hundreds of eagles congregate along the flyway of the sometimes frozen Mississippi River to catch fish that get stunned as they travel through the cascading water passing through the lock.

Hands downs, Lock and Dam 14 is my favorite because it provides closer views of the eagles from the viewing platform. The best light is in the afternoon, although I’ve still gotten some great images in the morning. Get there early to find a good spot on the platform as it gets crowded later in the day (especially on weekends).

While in Le Claire, plan a visit to the Buffalo Bill Museum, or a boat ride with the Riverboat Twilight Tour cruising…

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