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   The bald eagle photographs on this website were taken in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Alaska. During the winter months, when most northern lakes and rivers freeze over, the water remains open by locks and dams on the Mississippi River as well as areas where large rivers empty into it. Bald eagles congregate in large numbers by the open water areas for access to fish. Several cities along the Mississippi River celebrate "Bald Eagle Day" events.
   On the Homer Spit in Alaska, Jean Keene (Eagle Lady), fed bald eagles from mid December through mid April for almost 30 years. She started with a pair and the numbers grew to about 200. Jean passed away on January 13, 2009. She was 85.
   An ordinance passed by Homer officials to ban eagle feeding on the Homer Spit was to go in effect, but an emergency ordinance has allowed eagle feeding to be extended for 60 days following Jean Keene's death. Since eagle feeding had already began for the winter, wildlife officials agreed it might be best to taper off the feedings.
   During October and November, about three thousand bald eagles congregate for the annual Chilkat River salmon run by Haines, AK. The 2013 Alaska Bald Eagle Festival will be held in November from the 11th through the 17th.
   The northwest US coast and British Columbia are great places to photograph eagles during the winter months as well.

Wisconsin winters can be very harsh. When lakes and rivers freeze over, bald eagles congregate near available food sources, such as locks and dams on the Mississippi River where the water remains open year-round. Most of the perched birds are bald eagles; the large dark birds are immature bald eagles. As can be heard in the audio, there are crows in the area as well.
Bald eagle viewing directory - Reports of bald eagle sightings in the lower 48 states and Canada.


   I began doing wildlife photography in 2000. At first, it was for the sole purpose of providing bald eagle photos for this website; subsequently, it grew into an enjoyment of photographing all wildlife as well as doing a bit of scenic and macro photography. Switching from 35mm equipment to digital has made photography less expensive as well as providing the capability of delivering instant results. It's a great hobby and a lot of fun!
   Thanks to the conservation efforts of so many caring people, bald eagles can now be seen throughout the Lower 48 States as well as Alaska, Canada and Mexico.
      .....Hope Rutledge

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bald eagle   This bald eagle appears to holding its wings away from its sides as well as puffing out its feathers; the tactic is used to regulate body temperature.
   The photo was taken on September 15, 2014; the eagle was perched alongside Hwy 37 between Mondovi and Alma, WI. It's not unusual to see bald eagles in this area; several pairs are year-round residents because of the nearby Buffalo River. If the Buffalo River should freeze over during the winter months, bald eagles have just a short distance to go to access fish below Alma lock and dam on the Mississippi River.
   This Bullock's oriole was photographed in WI; a rare sighting in this area because WI is east of the oriole's normal range, which is from British Columbia and Alberta down to California and Mexico and east to the Dakotas and Texas.
   The photo was taken on May 21, 2014; I happened to be in a photo-blind beside the birdbath in our yard photographing warblers. When the oriole perched beside the birdbath, I didn't recognize it, so took a couple of shots. It was skittish and quickly flew away; I haven't seen it since.
   Once the bird was identified, I became aware of the significance of the sighting. Recently it was suggested I report the sighting to the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, which I have now completed.
Bullock's oriole
moon    "Super moon" on August 10, 2014 - The moon's perigee* distance from Earth was 221,765 miles.
   IMHO, it was brighter than usual and it appeared to be larger during moonrise, but when high in the sky as in the photo, it seemed to be about the same as a common full moon.
   The average distance between the Earth and moon is 238,855 miles. The last true "Super moon" was on March 19, 2011, when the distance between the Earth and moon was 221,565 miles. The next true "Super moon" will be on Nov. 14, 2016; the moon will appear 30% brighter and its distance from Earth will be 221,524 miles.
   The next time the moon turns full within a few hours of perigee will be on Sept. 28, 2015 (plus a lunar eclipse).

*Perigee - the point in an orbit closest to the body being orbited
Apogee is the farthest distance - This year it took place on January 15th when the Earth and moon where 257,607 miles apart.

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