As usual this time of year, birds of all kinds are either wintering in or passing through central South Dakota. Flocks of geese, ducks, songbirds, and the predators that follow them are everywhere along the Missouri River.
A chilly Saturday afternoon trip through the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area north of Pierre yielded over 30 eagles perched in the trees above hundreds of geese and ducks on the water. This golden eagle didn't mind at all the car sitting right next to his tree with a telephoto lens poking out the window.
The river itself was especially steamy with the sudden drop in temperature over the weekend.
For those visiting the Capitol Christmas displays in town, geese all over the lawn and Capitol Lake are an extra bonus. Here a small group passes by the very top of the capitol dome.
For more info about where to find birds in South Dakota, check my earlier posts.