Here in Missouri, our January weather can be either mild or darned cold. Right now, I'm hoping for extreme cold! Why? To make more action images like these:
Missouri's population of wintering Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is quite high (our state consistently reports 2,000 eagles or more in the winter). Bald eagles are known as a stately bird, one that so magnificently symbolizes our freedoms and strengths. But bald eagles are very aggressive when it comes to food, especially in the winter. Whenever an eagle plucks a fish from the water, it is not uncommon to find one or more eagles begin a chase to steal the fish:
The following sequence of images was made 2 years ago along the Mississippi River, just north of St. Louis. Notice how the fish is lost in the melee, and caught, in mid-air, by another eagle as it falls toward the river:
So, you can see why I'm anxiously waiting for cold temperatures and for the Mississippi River to freeze over so I can make more piracy images over the Mississippi!