Minnesota has the highest population of nesting bald eagles of any state in the lower 48 states of the US. The best time to photograph bald eagles is during the winter. During the warmer months of the year the eagles are spread out across the state, typically near to on of our many lakes or rivers. During the winter eagles congregate in large numbers around the few places where they can find open water. Probably the best place to find groups of wintering eagles is along the Mississippi River from Redwing, MN to Wabasha, MN. Highway 61 follows the river and there are several good spots to pull of the road and get some nice pics. The wintering eagles are what really got me started in photographing wildlife so they always have a special place in my heart.