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Feb 04, 2010 18:49 |  #46

Wow, 20 below, that is commitment. What were you shooting?

If you decide to go and arrive in the morning, you can always go to L&D 15 as well. there is a nice bar and grill across the street from the parking lot at the dam. It is called Front Street Bar and Grill or FSB. They have good sandwiches there and you can see your car from the window if you have a lot of expensive glass in the backseat.


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Feb 04, 2010 20:09 |  #47

I really don't care either way, but I had a Federal Fish and Wildlife Officer tell me it was illegal to feed the Eagles. I was considering launching some fish into the river.


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Feb 04, 2010 21:07 |  #48

I've wondered too if some government guys might have a problem with that, but I've only been there a few times myself and this was the first time I saw this going on.


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Feb 04, 2010 21:41 |  #49

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Wow, 20 below, that is commitment. What were you shooting?

If you decide to go and arrive in the morning, you can always go to L&D 15 as well. there is a nice bar and grill across the street from the parking lot at the dam. It is called Front Street Bar and Grill or FSB. They have good sandwiches there and you can see your car from the window if you have a lot of expensive glass in the backseat.

Thanks for the tips, we need all we can get on what and where.

Actually we were trying to shoot the baldies. Where we live we've never had baldies ever so I found some (actually living on my road) just before Christmas. 2 Adults and 3 juvies. They are not at all used to humans and we do not want to disturb them at all, so we've been keeping our distance and embedding before sun up and waiting close enough to where they feed but far enough away to not impact them.

You guys have it lucky. You share the eagles we'll share the snowy's :)


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Feb 05, 2010 08:29 as a reply to  @ post 9527838 |  #50

Okay. lens envy...I have a Canon 100-400 zoom....want to go during he week to avoid some of the crowds...

Less crowded during the week? Is this lens adequate?

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Feb 05, 2010 09:00 |  #51

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I really don't care either way, but I had a Federal Fish and Wildlife Officer tell me it was illegal to feed the Eagles. I was considering launching some fish into the river.

It is illegal to feed Eagles and feed anything in a National Wildlife Refuge, L/D #14 is NOT a National Wildlife Refuge so therefore it is not illegal. The Mississippi River above L/D #13 is a National Wildlife Refuge.
Pig farmers throw their dead pigs out back of there farms and Eagles come in and feed off of those all the time, thats not illegal either.


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Feb 05, 2010 09:08 |  #52

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Okay. lens envy...I have a Canon 100-400 zoom....want to go during he week to avoid some of the crowds...

Less crowded during the week? Is this lens adequate?

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If you go on a sunny day to L&D 14 with that lens I think you can get some really nice keepers. I was using a 600 and found it difficult to find the eagles as they were swooping down to the water. The 100-400 will allow you to find the bird and then zoom in.

I think Andrew has a friend that has used a 100-400 there. Maybe you could ask him.


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Feb 05, 2010 13:42 |  #53

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I've wondered too if some government guys might have a problem with that, but I've only been there a few times myself and this was the first time I saw this going on.

I was there the weekend of the 16th and talked to a local woman who lives just down the road and knows the local authorities, she states that at first the DNR kinda cringed on the idea of tossin fish but, givin the fact that the fish count is down and they really saw no harm in it that they decided to let it continue for a variaty of reasons.


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Feb 05, 2010 14:11 |  #54

I spent a good part of yesterday afternoon searching for the laws on feeding eagles and there is nothing concrete about it. The only law I saw involving feeding eagles was the one in that Alaska town where they were bringing in eagles to photograph and it got so bad they had to make a local ordinance against it except for the woman who had started it, and she died a couple years ago. If the DNR saw anything bad about it, they would cook up something to stop it, so it looks like in this case, there is no problem.


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Feb 05, 2010 16:02 |  #55

OUTLAW PHOTO II wrote in post #9548337 (external link)
I was there the weekend of the 16th and talked to a local woman who lives just down the road and knows the local authorities, she states that at first the DNR kinda cringed on the idea of tossin fish but, givin the fact that the fish count is down and they really saw no harm in it that they decided to let it continue for a variaty of reasons.

My buddy the Eagle man has been doing it for years and has never had any problems. And if it was an issue I am certain they would have done something about it.

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I spent a good part of yesterday afternoon searching for the laws on feeding eagles and there is nothing concrete about it. The only law I saw involving feeding eagles was the one in that Alaska town where they were bringing in eagles to photograph and it got so bad they had to make a local ordinance against it except for the woman who had started it, and she died a couple years ago. If the DNR saw anything bad about it, they would cook up something to stop it, so it looks like in this case, there is no problem.

That town would be Homer ,And I heard the big stink was that the birds were crapping on the boats at the docks and the city leaders didnt like that anymore having Eagle poo on their boats hence the new ordinance ,even after the lady died they let the feeding go on till the following spring ..or something like that.


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Feb 05, 2010 16:11 |  #56

Seeing a crowd of people with a half a million dollars worth of camera equiptment there to photograph the bald eagles would not make me suspicious of someone trying to harm them, by launching fish into the Mississippi regarless if it was frowned by higher ranking DNR officials.


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Feb 06, 2010 02:36 |  #57

Not wanting to step on a very interesting discussion, but we did drive down to see what all the fuss is about :). Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.


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Feb 06, 2010 08:08 |  #58

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Not wanting to step on a very interesting discussion, but we did drive down to see what all the fuss is about :). Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Hopefully you will get something good , weather not looking the greatest ,and the winds are not blowing in the optimum direction .


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Feb 06, 2010 08:28 |  #59

I'm watching the weather and looking to head up sometime later next week. Just curious what direction optimum wind would be, do they fly into the wind when landing? I've never shot birds before and looking forward to seeing the eagles!


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Feb 06, 2010 22:40 |  #60

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Not wanting to step on a very interesting discussion, but we did drive down to see what all the fuss is about :). Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Let us know how it goes. My brother took his daughters there today to see the eagles. I haven't heard yet how that went for him.


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