Appleton
Lake Winnebago

Along the Fox River

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Hunting eagles (with my camera, of course!), I left our Appleton, Wisconsin hotel one morning and headed toward 1000 Islands Environmental Center in the nearby town of Kaukauna...

 

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...to meander the trails alongside a finger of the Fox River.

 

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Very quiet and peaceful with not a soul in sight, what a lovely stroll through the changing leaves.

 

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Lots of birds...especially mallards...

 

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...and the constant honking of Canada geese in the air...

 

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...and in the stream.  Big, beautiful birds!

 

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The path itself was lovely...

 

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...with pitch-black squirrels scampering in front of me around every turn.

 

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But no eagles to be found.

 

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I walked all the way to this bend....

 

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...where the gulls apparently like to hang out.

 

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The map said there was an eagle's nest in one of these trees, but there was too much foliage to see it.

 

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But despite the lack of eagles, it was just so enjoyable meandering along the river's edge and taking in the beauty of God's creation.

 

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When I was almost back to the nature center, a graceful cormorant entertained me.

 

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I watched him glide and dive for several minutes...

 

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...before he climbed out of the water to dry his feathers.  Cormorants' feathers are not waterproof as most water birds' are, and they stretch out their wings to dry themselves off in the breeze.  Beautiful birds!

 

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Wouldn't you know it, just as I was about to leave, I saw him perched high up in the tree on the other side of the river.

A young bald eagle, full-grown in size but without the familiar adult white/black coloring!

 

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An eagle...looking right back at me!!!

The perfect ending to a perfect morning...

...along the Fox River.

 

Comments

Ryan Kilian

I see nature driving etc but never notice it. I take it so for granted. Your pics pull out such vivid detail!

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