Bald Eagles Over The Midwest 2019
According to sources, Illinois sees the largest migration of wintering Bald Eagles than any other state in the continental United States, second only to Alaska. Who knew? Clearly, they haven’t been taxed for their stay 🙂
Anyway, I digress.
The winter of 2019 certainly has been my most successful Bald Eagle viewing winter in memory.
There have been disappointments for sure. In January, my wife and I made a trip to Dubuque, Iowa, where there is almost always a great viewing of migrating Bald Eagles. Not this year. A cold snap, i.e. Polar Vortex, pushed through the area and drove the Bald Eagles further south.
Early in February, temperatures stabilized and rivers and streams started to melt enough to bring the Raptors back into the area.
Below are some of my favorite Bald Eagle photos taken during the Winter of 2019.
My last two photos are of the immature Bald Eagle. Typically, the immature Eagle will not obtain the tell-tale white head and tail until it reaches about five years in age. Still a beautiful animal in my opinion.
As of the writing of this post, the weather remains cold enough that there are still numerous Bald Eagles in the area. That means you still have time to get out there and see these incredible animals.
HERE is a link to Illinois locations for some guided viewings, or just head out on your own and keep your eyes in the sky – but, not while you’re driving, please.
See some of our other wildlife photography HERE.
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