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My wife has put together an exhibit of eight of my winter photographs for the Menomonie, Wisconsin Public Library. The photos selected are shown below.

A Female Northern Cardinal taken during snowstorm.

A Bald Eagle shot at Colvill Park in Red Wing Minnesota. It was fourteen below zero.

These trees covered in ice were photographed above Lake Superior at Tettegouche State Park in Minnesota. A strong March storm roared across Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Nor’easter caused huge waves along the lake which then froze on the trees.

Bridge along the Red Cedar Trail near Downsville, Wisconsin after an early November snowfall.

An Ice formation at Devil’s Punchbowl near Menomonie, Wisconsin

Bond falls is my favorite winter waterfall destination. It is located near Paulding, Michigan in the U.P.

Trees photographed, during a winter snowstorm, while skiing the Backcountry Trail at Swedetown. Swedetown is located in Calumet, Michigan.

A rock and Ice formation along the Apostile Islands.

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As I mentioned in an earlier post we were about to head out on a hiking trip when my wife noticed a White-tailed Deer buck in the front yard. When I grabbed the camera I reminded myself that we might see some Bald Eagles along the way. The weekend before we had driven down to Iowa and saw in excess of 20 Bald Eagles. We hadn’t gone five miles when my wife noticed this fellow along the road. We drove down the road and I got my camera out and headed back to get some photos. He posed for quite a while before flying off. We noticed he headed for a tree in the valley where there was another Bald Eagle.

After leaving the Nelson’s on the Rush River we drove down to Red Wing Minnesota looking for Eagles. When we arrived at Colvill Park there were already quite a few eagle watchers and photographers gathered along the shore. It was bitterly cold at -15 but fortunately there was almost no wind. As we pulled into the parking lot we could see over a hundred Eagles sitting in the trees and fishing in the open water. I’ve been to Colvill Park a number of times but have never seen anywhere near this many eagles at one place. More Bald Eagle photos from Colvill Park can be found on my website.

This eagle was sitting in a frost covered tree. He had apparently had success at fishing because his tail was covered in blood.

We could see fish along the surface of the water and so could the eagles. They seem to have over a 50 percent success rate on this cold morning.

It was really fun watching them fly above the water looking for fish.

 

As we watched this eagle flew up into a tree near the car and was telling everyone that he caught a fish.

After a brief stop at Bond Falls we drove over to Canyon Falls. On the way we found this fellow in a tree. For some reason this has been an exceptional year for Bald Eagle Photography.

This has been a great fall for photographing Bald Eagles. on the trip to Cornucopia I brought along my birding lens because we always see quite a few Bald Eagles along Highway 13. We weren’t Disappointed. The first one we saw was siting in a tree by a deer caucus. We found another one perched on a dead tree right by the road. I caught the last one landing on a tree in a cemetery. We probably saw close to a dozen eagles on the drive back to Duluth.

 

Typically when we drive out to Wisconsin Point in the summer we are able to spot some Bald Eagles. On our last trip we saw over a dozen of them. There were five of them in one tree. It looked like the two adults along with their three fledglings. It was by far our best day of eagle watching at Wisconsin Point.

We made a late spring visit to Crex Meadows last week. Our first stop was a Bald Eagle nest on Phantom Lake Road. One of the adults was sitting by the nest and there were two young in the nest. It looked like they were just about ready to leave the nest.

When we reached Phantom Lake we found a number of pairs of Canada Geese with their young. This adult seemed to be upset with something and it kept chasing other geese.

There were a number of pairs of Trumpeter Swans with their young. The adults were furiously churning the water. I assume to free plants from the bottom so they would float to the surface and the Cygnets could feed on them.

One of the popular attractions this year has been Killdeer nesting in the roads around the flowage.

We also found this Leatherback Turtle laying eggs along the road.

The spring flowers were out in the meadows. Indian Paintbrush and Yellow Water Lilies were common.

We encountered a number of White-tailed Deer in our drive through the meadows.

The young ducks have also hatched and could be found on the flowages.

There is a small pond along the road on the adjoining farm. As we drove past it we noticed a Bald Eagle circling so we decided to stop for a photo. Unfortunately it went behind the hill so I started photographing a pair of Wood Ducks in the pond. I noticed my wife waving at me and pointing. Turned out the Eagle had returned.

We recently spent a morning driving around Crex Meadows. During a stop at the visitors center we found that several eagles had been spotted earlier in the morning. We were lucky to find they were still hanging around. This one was sitting by the nest. A little later in the morning we noticed it was hunting on Phantom Lake. When it caught a fish it went back to the nest were we were able to watch it feeding its young.

Bald Eagle

We did not spot many Sandhill Cranes. This one was near the road. I suspect most of the others were nesting deeper in the marshes.

We could see Trumpeter Swans nesting but they were all quite some distance from the road. We did encounter three non nesting swans in a small pool.

We found this pair of Ring-necked Ducks in a small pond.

Lots of Red-winged Blackbirds around the area.

The muskrats were very active throughout the flowages.

We noticed this Killdeer ahead of us so we stopped. It was very accommodating and walked right up to us and posed for photos.

The marsh grass provided some interesting patterns. In the second photo the area had recently been burned providing for a variety of colors as it started to grow again.

The Lily Pads were starting to grow now that the ice is off of the flowages.

As we were returning home one day my wife noticed a Bald Eagle on a deer carcass along the road. We turned around and went back hoping to get a photo. Unfortunately another car came along and the Eagle took off. I did manage to get a photo of it sitting on a dead tree along the road and a second photo when it flew up into a pine tree.