Thursday, March 29, 2012

eagles on the water

Every year, hundreds of bald eagles make a stop in La Crosse to fish as the ice on the river begins to break up.  They stay for a few weeks until the ice clears, and then mostly head on their way.  While they are here, you can go out to the river and see them sitting on the ice, gathering in trees, or soaring overhead.

The ice broke up earlier than normal this year, and I almost missed the eagles.  On the day after the ice broke, however, we chased some leads and found a few eagles on the slough between La Crosse and French Island.   You can't see it from this angle, but there's a fish in this eagle's talons, and I watched him catch it.  Pretty amazing.

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