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Ice and Snow at Starved Rock

We continued our search for eagles today, and ended up in the park.
A few were roosting in their favorite dead trees on Plum Island, along the Illinois River, watching for fish near the surface.
 we parked and walked to the waters edge to get this shot. would still love that telephoto lens, maybe next year….  the eagle is in the center of the picture
We’ve spent the last two weeks with the temperatures in the single digits so it was wonderful when it warmed to the forties today and everything started to melt.
 Just yesterday, this part of the river was solid ice and under snow.


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 Tree Puddles
The end to a beautiful day…….

Eagles at Starved Rock

Every winter the bald eagles congregate at the Lock and Dam on the Illinois River
at Starved Rock State Park, Utica, IL
Our Point of view is from the observation deck at the visitor center.
 It’s hard to see them in the sky here because I don’t have a telephoto lens for my new camera~ yet 🙂
 and if you look closely, there are around thirty eagles in the distant trees on the edge of Plum Island here.
 the eagles, and about a million seagulls, swarm at the back of the dam,
scooping up the stunned fish that go through the dam.
 One eagle had the good graces to land in the snow at the edge of the lock.
(still wish I had that telephoto lens)


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 reflection of the winter sun in the lock
 Seagull in flight over the lock
 the committee at the gates (lock gate)
They sat there the whole time we were there….
even when a barge came into the lock.

tree feet & the mighty Illinois

Nothing special today. 
Just a little visit to Starved Rock, playing with the setting on my camera
~tree roots exposed by many a flood~
Little waves, washing up pebbles and driftwood on the Illinois river
Looking across the Illinois river to Plum Island 
(a native American burial ground)

Under water yet again….

Starved Rock State Park is closed today, 
for obvious reasons. 

This is the parking lot for the visitors center.

and this is the entrance to the picnic areas the next day (Sunday, Nov. 1). 
The water is a little higher than yesterday, but the river crested over night and is now going down.
This time around wasn’t nearly as bad as last year.