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I was going to go north of St. Louis to see if I could get some shots of the Bald Eagles nesting there. One the way I saw this horde of birds flocked on some ice next to the Mississippi River levy as I drove east on Interstate 255 south of the city. I thought I would get off and see if I could get some action shots of the birds. When I got to the levy I found 37 Bald Eagles spread out on the ice. Fish had been stranded when the flood water receded and become frozen in the ice and the eagles and gulls had gathered to feed.

I noticed soon after I got there that the eagles do not like other eagles to get to close to them. This dispute took place when one eagle landed close to another and they rose in battle but never did any thing but posture.

The quality is not as good as I wish because of the refractive quality of the ice affected the focus. However I still took over 700 images☺

Nikon D40X with Nikon 300mm VR lens

111 View as of 2/21/11

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  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 3 years ago

    Awesome action shot Byron!! They must be so hungry!!

  • Thank you, they mainly eat fish so i guess this is right up their alley, all of the lumps of gray matter you see on the ice are dead fish!!!

    – barnsis

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    NatureGreeting...over 3 years ago

    Stunning Byron!! they are very possesive when it comes to food!! How lucky you were to find the!! Great shot here, and love the yougens too! Instant fave!! Love this, you lucky dog you! LOL! Mean that in all due respect LOL!

  • Thank you, I had been watching this area for quite a long time, it is the same location where I took some heron and egret mirror images early in the spring. I was just driving down the interstate and there they were, but I din’t know until I got close that there were 37 bald eagles in the mix. I knew how to get to the back roads to get to the levy, the rest was just sit and shoot. I was there for over an hour and I have over 700 images to wade through☺

    – barnsis

  • RebeccaBlackman
    RebeccaBlackmanover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture, fave…

  • Thank you very much

    – barnsis

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 3 years ago

    Hey Byron, this is good! It is hard to capture clarity like you want in the entire image when there is so much motion in so many areas! I could not have gotten this nice a shot!

  • Thank you very much, Yes you could with the right equipment, I am gong back up Friday so I may go see if they are still there and try again.

    – barnsis

  • WINTERROSE
    WINTERROSEover 3 years ago

    wow, awesome shot

  • Thank you.

    – barnsis

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Byron, Please delete my entry with the wrong month

    4 January 2011 … one image a day
    Wonderful capture!

  • Done Trish, thank you again

    – barnsis

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago

    A fabulous capture!!!!! I’ve been wanting to go to the Mississippi this winter to ‘shoot’ the Bald Eagles, too!!!
    What a glorious sight this must have been!!! :-)

  • Thank you, one of those just lucky times. It was amazing to see so many of them in one place.

    – barnsis

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Wow what an amazing capture, just stunning and well timed and caught, a real beauty.

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 3 years ago

    Fantastic Byron! I look forward to seeing what you do with the 700 images……:-) How exciting to find this scene!

  • Thank you, I think I will work with the action and posturing shots. Not sure how many of them to post here, I know I get tired of seeing to many of the same type shots from people so don’t want to be guilty myself.

    – barnsis

  • BarbL
    BarbLover 3 years ago

    What a fabulous capture, bro! Truly a unique view of eagles that we’ve never seen before. I had no idea they were territorial like that but I suppose it makes sense! Great job, dear brother…easily a Favorite!

  • Thank you sis, eagles mate for life and you could pick out the mated pairs by how close they stood while all the rest stayed at least four feet from each other, this type of action took place when one would get to close.

    – barnsis

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