Embrace America's Rivers

River Critters...Click on title or image for larger view

This young moose is in a pond that is the source of the Yellowstone River in the Rocky Mountains. This was taken in Yellowstone National Park.
Something we are used to on the roads but deer very often cross rivers too. They are very good swimmers. This one was on the Wabash River in Indiana
Two ducks in perfect synchronization. They apparently have some sort of system going here for feeding, but it looks pretty comical.
These ducks are living the good life on the Wabash River. Wild ducks like these do not let people get this close. A long lens was used.
After treatment for an injury, this eagle is being released from rehab at the National Eagle Center on the upper Mississippi River at Wabasha, Minnesota.
Gilligan Goose comes in for a visit but isn't allowed to stay long. That is mainly because he S--ts like a goose!
The blond is his wife and the four kids that all took after Gilligan. They out-grew mom the first year. Even though Gilligan is very people friendly, the youngsters remained wild.
This hawk was hiding along the Wabash River, but not very well.
Great Blue Heron spend their days alone but live in huge colonies in the tree tops called a rookery.
Not exactly but these are River Rats, Jerry Hay is on the right (the only one with long pants for some reason)
An unfriendly visitor that can be territorial, but they are important in the balance of nature and should not be harmed.

This was taken as a curious eagle flew over the boat on the Wabash River. Magnificent creatures.

This eagle is about to make a landing at it's nest. The eagle nests are huge and made of large twigs, often in dead trees, so that their large wings don't catch on foliage.
These huge birds stop on their migration path on the Wabash River. Notice the yellow tags, which are placed on them to track their migration habits and keep track of their numbers. And they are very noisy.
These rascals jump into boats. They are rapidly growing in the Midwest rivers and causing problems for other fish with their appetite. Too many fish and too little food and oxygen.
Jerry Hay catches a nice channel cat on the Wabash River
Not usually associated with rivers but this one is hunting for king salmon on a tributary to the Kenai River in Alaska.
Winston, the Jack Russell Terrier loves a refreshing swim in the Ohio River.

Beaver

This is the result of an ambitious beaver along the East Fork of the White River in Indiana. 

Mussels

Freshwater mussels play an important role in filtering water, which helps keep our river cleaner. They are protected in many rivers.

Cormorants

Cormorants dive deep in the river for fish. They don't shed water like most ducks, so they dry out their wings before flight. You could say that they have their "ducks in a row".

Great Blue Heron

Don't be too close to a heron when they take flight. They lighten their load, as seen here. Not a good experience!

Pelican-Alligator

This American White Pelican is taking a very risky ride.

River Otter

The good news is the these super-cute critters are making a come back in our rivers, due to re-introduction methods and cleaner waters.