The bald eagle is American national bird because of its association with authority and statehood. Its majestic beauty and great strength attract thousands of bird watchers and photographers to the Mississippi River bank, where bald eagles feed on the fishes near the dams during winter months.
I always come to Loc & Dam 14 on Mississippi each winter. Like anything else in nature, it has been hit or miss. Sometimes, I can only see a couple of eagles flying far and away for a whole afternoon. Two weeks ago, I hit the jackpot. It had been a harsh week that temperature stayed in single digit for the entire week. A heavy snow covered field that eagles had nowhere else to find food supply but to come to the unfrozen open water under the dam. The light was great and the action was none stop from the time we arrived around 11:00am to sunset.
I have photographed bald eagles catching fish over Mississippi hundreds of times. But at the moment it races down to the water surface to grab the fish, it has never failed to electrify my brain and keep my heart singing. This is the moment that is worth photographing for a lifetime as it my heart praises the creator of this magnificent creature.