I was photographing bald eagles just below the hydroelectric dam on the Wisconsin River in Prairie du Sac yesterday (January 11) when I was fortunate enough to get this shot. This photo is of a bald eagle just after it captured a fish and is returning to its roost.
Hydroelectric dams are typically very good areas to see bald eagles on the Wisconsin River because the water below the dam does not freeze. In year’s such as this one, with bitterly cold temperatures, much of the river has frozen. Areas of the river that remain open naturally attract birds of prey like the bald eagle. The habitat near the Prairie du Sac dam is especially well suited to bald eagles because it has roosting areas and nearby trees that are high enough to provide good perches for the eagles.