It was 18 degrees with a stiff sharp wind off the river making it feel alot colder than 18 when I arrived at Chain Bridge and Deer Island on the Newburyport/Amesbury , MA line about 8:15 AM. I was there in hopes of photographing our country's most revered bird, the Bald Eagle. In the winter when the rivers and lakes freeze up in Maine and NH we get Eagles visiting along the Merrimac River, a river that flows directly into the ocean with a strong current so although it will have some ice flows, small moving platforms of ice, it never fully freezes over leaving open water for ducks and Eagles to fish .
There had been reports of a few immature Eagles and one adult Eagle at my target location and with the big blizzard of 2013 coming in the next day, I wanted to make hay while sun shines... literally the sun shinning! I froze during my 2 plus hours up there, but was well rewarded for my efforts with the adult giving us great looks on an unobstructive tree top and then flying and fishing for a few hours. The immature Eagles were flying about as well.
It was a very cold, but inspirational morning.