I had never seen white pelicans before. They are awkward-looking, but so graceful in the air. And they're huge.
One of my favorite things in winter is to head to the Mississippi River to photograph bald eagles. They are fierce birds, enormous, powerful, graceful and gorgeous. And with a big lens, several layers of clothes, a car full of snacks, and lots of patience, the photography is a blast. These images were shot along the Lock and Dam systems at LeClaire, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois.