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Reelfoot Lake Eagle Trip

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Today we spent Valentines Day doing something we love-photographing eagles. Thanks to my brother MIke he told us about Reelfoot Lake 2hrs away from Memphis. This lake was formed back in 1811-12 along the New Madrid Fault following an earthquake that shifted that plates, caused the Mississippi River to run backwards and fill the area to make Reelfoot Lake. It is very shallow-averaging about 5ft at the deepest but covers 12,500 acres of water and 17,500 acres of land. The area is home to a state park, national wildlife refuge and many outfitters that are for hire to help you fish, hunt fowl and search for eagles.
We met up with a volunteer guide at the national wildlife refuge that offers free tours to search for the eagles. The tour consisted of Jai, myself and Don the volunteer. He and his wife live fulltime in their RV and travel around the US and "work" in order to park their RV. He was drove us around to different sites on their property where the eagles tend to be, It is hit and miss but he said there are about 50 eagles in the park at any given time Some are permanent to the area others are passing thru. We saw quite a few at a distance perching, soaring, on the nests and in the fields feasting on a carcass. I was able to get a couple good shots and many at a distance. Seeing a mature eagle teaching 2 immature's to fly/feast was a first and pretty cool. Hope you enjoy as much as I did taking them.


Posted by Mystic Explorer 19:09 Archived in USA

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Eagles always take my breath away! Thanks for sharing

by Ron n Patty

Beautiful!! What a wonderful way to spend a day!! Keep your eyes on the skies!!

by Kathy Farrugia

Those pictures are wonderful!! Thanks for sharing! I am envious but so happy for you two.

by Mary Wood-Agents

What an awesome experience & I love your pics & you captured some beautiful Eagles in various views. Myself & several family members are often looking for Eagles & there are a lot more in the Mt Pleasant area again. What an adventurous day you 3 had‼️???? Thanks for sharing the pics & story behind it. ????????

by Mary

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