Deciding what to do over the weekend resulted in a trip to the border. The state of Illinois' west ridge boundary stops at the Mississippi River. A great avenue for bald eagles, the trip took 3 hours to make.
Any chicagoland birder can tell you Locks 13 and 14 will produce hundreds of eagles, numbers peaking in January and February. I counted 99 in this image.
The sky was perfect! The temperature was not!
Our first stop was lock 14 where, believe it or not, the parking lot provides the closest views. This shot proves the theory.
It was a great day and well worth the trip, although I couldn't get home fast enough, it was a long thaw getting home.