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Eagle photographers flock to Lock and Dam 14

The cold weather is not keeping eagle photographers inside. Dozens taking their cameras to Lock and Dam 14 near LeClaire Tuesday, December 30, 2014. “They...

The cold weather is not keeping eagle photographers inside. Dozens taking their cameras to Lock and Dam 14 near LeClaire Tuesday, December 30, 2014.

"They're just majestic flyers. They're incredible to watch, how they can fly and what they can do," said photographer Stan Bousson.

Bousson has been photographing eagles on a platform near Lock and Dam 14 for more than 20 years.

"It's probably the second best spot in the lower U.S. for eagles," said Bousson.

The local photographers are already about a month into their photography season, but will soon be greeted by photographers from around the country.

"Any weekend in January will be really busy here," said photographer Jon Heil.

According to the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, tourism from eagle photography brings in $300,000 to the Quad Cities from December to February.

"Last year up at Lock and Dam 13 on December 12th, we had over 1,100 bald eagles were there," said Bousson.

The Eagle Nature Foundation still needs volunteers for this years bald eagle count in January. If you are interested contact the Eagle Nature Foundation at 815-594-2306.