Cruising Altitude in Siouxland, Browns Lake, rural Woodbury County

8 Jan
A juvenile bald eagle cruises just above Browns Lake in rural Woodbury County Thursday, December 16, 2021. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I always like unexpected surprises when out looking for critters in Siouxland. Finding them in places I haven’t encountered them before is such a delight. While out checking one location recently and not finding any birds I had hoped would be there, I stopped by another, Browns Lake. With the recent drought conditions in western Iowa the water level is very low and so I didn’t expect to find anything there except a frozen pond. Maybe some geese, which weren’t there either.

Walking about a bit I did spot a large object moving along a tree line and headed toward the lake. Never a Boy Scout, I guess I wasn’t prepared as I had a long telephoto lens instead of a shorter zoom and so found myself trying to adjust and my framing as a juvenile bald eagle kept flying closer, and closer, and closer still.

Just cruising. Taking in the sights below and probably looking for a noon time meal or snack. I hope it had better luck than I.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A juvenile bald eagle cruises just above Browns Lake in rural Woodbury County Thursday, December 16, 2021. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A juvenile bald eagle cruises just above Browns Lake in rural Woodbury County Thursday, December 16, 2021. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A juvenile bald eagle cruises just above Browns Lake in rural Woodbury County Thursday, December 16, 2021. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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