For particulars about where and when and what to expect visit my earlier post here.
We left home at 5:30 and arrived at the West Union Covered Bridge at 7:30 as planned. Several other folks had gathered to witness the eagles as they moved from their roosts to the Wabash River.
The sun broke over the horizon. The other birders had their eagle and got in their cars and left. Ernie and I remained to shoot the bridge and the landscape in the marvelous mid-winter light. We were joined by a pair of nearly identical kittens from a nearby farm. These little guys followed us the entire time (in fact one got in the car) and became the focus of many of our shots.
We left West Union following the Wabash to Montezuma. We parked near the river and walked across the old iron bridge. Mid-river I stopped and scanned the trees looking for birds and spotted a large bald eagle in the trees on river right. We crossed the road and doubled back.
On the way home we made a quick stop at Turkey Run State Park and photographed a few birds around the Nature Center bird feeding station. We walked into the woods and photographed ice, rocks and water.
On the drive home we came across a small flock of wild turkeys including some beautiful Toms. Ernie hit the brakes and we backed just in time to see them disappear into the trees.
In Crawfordsville Ernie spotted another bald eagle flying right over the downtown buildings. We followed it through a neighborhood and onto the Wabash College campus. Ernie got a quick shot before it flew out of range.
Ernie an I spent a week together in New England in October of 2010 and really had a great adventure. It was nice to be together and pick up where we left off.