Wildlife Photos From Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge--Mound City, Missouri
One of my favorite places to take wildlife photos is the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge by Mound City, Missouri. The refuge covers 7,350 acres of land of which 3,200 acres are wetlands. It is home to a variety of wildlife species but is probably best known for its Snow Geese and Eagle population.
Squaw Creek has been known to have up to 400,000 Snow Geese, 100,000 ducks and 200-300 Eagles and many other waterfowl and shorebirds during the peak periods of migration. The refuge is home to some 301 bird species, 33 mammal species and 35 reptile and amphibian species.
There is a 10 mile self guided auto route that circles some of the main refuge pools and provides excellent opportunities for viewing and photographing Waterfowl and Eagles. Often during the peak times you will have Bald Eagles perched in trees a few feet from the road.
Squaw Creek also has three main walking trails that provide some excellent photo opportunities and some scenic vistas.
The best time to photograph Eagles is the end of November and beginning of December as this is normally when the population count is the highest. The refuge holds its annual Eagle Days in early December each year.
Animals that I have personally seen and photographed at Squaw Creek include, Snow Geese, Canadian Geese, Blue Herons, Trumpeter Swans, Bald Eagles, assorted Ducks and other Waterfowl, as well as Deer and Pheasants.
Squaw Creek is one of my favorite places to photograph wildlife. It provides outstanding opportunities for photographing Bald Eagles.
If you are in that area it is definitely a place you should check out if you like photographing wildlife in their natural environment.
For more information on Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge check out these websites.