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Old 12-17-2006, 12:25 PM   #1
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Winter Trip recomendation: Eagle viewing

For those of you who are looking for a winter trip and enjoy wildlife, I recommend a trip to the wetlands on the Mississippi river just north of St. Louis (Wood River, Grafton area). The wetlands managed by the army corp of engineers cover a huge area and is home to many species either over the winter or year round. Yesterday, I saw bald eagles, trumpeter swans, geese, pelicans, several species of ducks, red tailed hawks, and a harrier. Late Jan through Feb is high season for eagles. Many people like the lodge at the St Park, and the campground there remains open. Additionally there are plenty of places to get good catfish if that is your thing. I have attached a couple pictures for flavor. More will go up on my website (see below) over the next week.
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Old 12-17-2006, 12:30 PM   #2
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Rodney,

Great Pix!

Are these shot with digital or film?
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Old 12-17-2006, 01:01 PM   #3
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Hi Dennis,
Thanks for the kind words! The images on this trip were made in digital using a Nikon D50 with a 300mm zoom. For many of the images a 2X teleconverter was also used. I had the good luck to be traveling with a good friend who is a photographer and who is familar with the area. I tacked on a couple more for you.
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Old 12-17-2006, 01:17 PM   #4
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verry nice pics,wish i was close enough to visit-------
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Old 12-17-2006, 01:37 PM   #5
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Some pelicans and an a very unlucky mouse in there somewhere . For what it is worth, I have put several of these up here before on my normal website.
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Really beautiful. We like birds also. Thank you for the pictures.
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Old 12-17-2006, 03:24 PM   #7
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Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures. I wish I was a better photographer with a much better camera. I see these same birds daily on my trips around Oklahoma. I just have a little digital camera, so I don't have the ability to do what you've done. We have Eagle viewing here in Oklahoma, and I have seen them several times myself. Of course the Red Tail Hawk is an everyday sight. I have a large female that hangs out in my yard, waiting for a bird snack at the feeders I believe. Thanks again, just beautiful shots.
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Old 12-17-2006, 07:04 PM   #8
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Missouri Conservation Department sponsors an annual Eagle Day, sometime during the winter, along the Missouri River. I don't know the date this winter, but it is probably available on line. Many eagles and other beautiful birds make this an outstanding day, worth the trip for the sights and photography. ~G
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Hi Rodney,

Beautiful photos, my favorite is the two geese in post #3.

Lake San Antonio CA ( site of the recent NorCal Rally ) is a great place to view eagles in the winter season.

Keep up the great work.
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Old 12-18-2006, 10:41 AM   #10
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Thanks again everyone for the kind words about the images, it was tremendous fun out there with the birds, I may have a new addiction. For what its worth, the two geese in post #3 are in fact Trumpeter swans. For comparison I have posted a canada goose and a trumpeter below. Notice the difference in the head coloring, the dark feathers and less streamlined body of the goose (left) compared to the swan on the right. I was tremendously lucky in that my shooting friend is well versed in identification, he knew what everything was in a glance, whereas, I myself didnt know about half of the birds. I am strongly considering a second trip in Jan to see these magnificent birds again.
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Great pictures! If you're ever on the West Coast of British Columbia in the winter time, I recommend the Brackendale Eagel Festival. It is an annual count that takes place and the numbers of eagles that time of year is truly awe inspiring.

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I am strongly considering a second trip in Jan to see these magnificent birds again.
Rodney,

We enjoy eating at the Fin Inn when up there. They have some huge aquariums full of different river fish local to the area. It's interesting to see and the food is pretty good too!

The Fin Inn is on the northern edge of Grafton.
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Rodney,

We enjoy eating at the Fin Inn when up there. They have some huge aquariums full of different river fish local to the area. It's interesting to see and the food is pretty good too!

The Fin Inn is on the northern edge of Grafton.
That is good eating, I had catfish there on sat. They sure have some ugly fish in them tanks... I havent had it but the rumor is the cheese cake is excellent.
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Eagle Viewing

I have excellent eagle viewing from my office window. I work by the Potomac River next to ato the Caldon State Park in Virginia. I saw a bald eagle just this afternoon.
And I also see alot of Eagles at home.

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