(2 of 3) Bald Eagles of the Mississippi (Landscape with border)
It's the middle of January and freezing cold, even though the image disguises the fact. Migratory Bald Eagles come south from Alaska and Canada, where all food has disappeared from the frozen waterways.
The US Army Corps of Engineers built a lock & dam system along the Mississippi River almost a hundred years ago, to open the river to navigation by large ships. The eagles take advantage of the flow-rate of water across the dam, which keeps a small area open, unfrozen, and full of fish.
This adult returns every year. I recognize the small black spot on his head.