Illinois Birding Map

I’ve had this map for a few years now, and for all that time, it’s been a private map.  A couple years ago, I started working at a camera store, and started giving out the private URL to this map to some of my customers to help them find good places to photograph eagles and other birds.  I just recently realized that those customers must have been forwarding or posting this link on the internet because it’s been viewed thousands and thousands of times!  So I figured I’d post it here and make it truly public for everyone. 

This map has all of the locations I frequent for birding in northern Illinois and surrounding areas.  It includes example photographs taken at the locations marked on the map, and there are even a couple of videos included on some of the marked locations.  I update this map on a continuous basis, so if you want to bookmark it, you can always come back to it. 

If you find this useful, please let me know with a comment!


Quad Cities – Bald Eagle Days Art Show!

For immediate release . . .  

Bald Eagle Days Art Show

Night Owl Photography & Jonathan James Moore Photography
Present the first annual Bald Eagle Days Art Show!!! 

mississippieagles-lockndam14_01082009_056-photoshopCambridge, IL – 5 Nov 2009 – Midwest area photographer’s Richard James Nagle of Night Owl Photography and Jonathan James Moore of Jonathan James Moore Photography have announced their first annual Bald Eagle Days Art Show to occur January 23rd, 2010 at the home of Nick & Judie Moore in Cambridge, IL.  There are many area “Bald Eagle Days” in January, which is our favorite subject to photography, and why we’ve chosen this title for our show.  

Mr. Nagle and Mr. Moore spend many of the coldest winter days outside, photographing eagles along the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois.  They’ve captured numerous outstanding action photos of the majestic American Bald Eagle.  These photos, as well as other sunset, nature, wildlife, and portrait photography will be featured as part of the Bald Eagle Days Art Show.  

Kathy Stinson says of Mr. Nagle: “Rich is a fantastic photographer. I bought some of his eagle photos for my father’s birthday and he just loved them. I am giving him this calendar for Christmas. He has a such great eye for detail. You will not be disappointed!” 

Mr. Nagle says: “Jonathan took me out for the first time to photograph the American Bald Eagle many years ago, and I was hooked from the start.  Ever since then, we’ve made it a tradition to go out at least a few times each winter to try to capture these majestic birds with our cameras.  We’re happy to share our experiences with you in our photographs.” 

The Bald Eagle Days Art Show will be on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 from 10AM – 4PM.  It will be hosted at the home of Nick & Judie Moore at 326 South Ridge Street, Cambridge, IL  61238.  Refreshments will be available. 


Richard Nagle is sole proprietor and owner of Night Owl Photography.  Night Owl Photography can be located online at

Jonathan James Moore is sole proprietor and owner of Jonathan James Moore Photography.  Jonathan James Moore Photography can be found online at

Press Release: American Bald Eagle Calendar 2010

For immediate release:

American Bald Eagle Calendar

Night Owl Photography Releases 2nd Annual
Quad Cities Eagles Calendar


Suburban Chicago, IL – 25 Sep 2009 – Midwest area photographer Richard Nagle of Night Owl Photography has published his highly anticipated second annual Quad Cities Eagles Calendar for 2010 on, the online market place for digital content. 

 Mr. Nagle spent many of the coldest winter days of 2009, in warm weather gear, photographing eagles, when everyone else was inside staying warm.  Through many hours of editing, composing, and writing, Mr. Nagle created next years high demand calendar in plenty of time to purchase for the holidays. 

 Sheila Johnson says “You know we have a house full of Eagle stuff!! So of course he had to have your calender!”

 Mr. Nagle’s Quad Cities Eagle Calendar is composed of photographs taken entirely in the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois.  Mr. Nagle’s ability to capture moving eagles, and literally freeze them in time is stunning.  Magazine worthy images mark each page of his calendar.  The Quad Cities Eagles Calendar is not just a collection of images though.  Unlike most self published calendars, Mr. Nagle has added his own personal touch to each of the images, by including month titles and eagle facts on each months images.

 Mr. Nagle says “I’ve been photographing the American Bald Eagle on the Mississippi Riverway in the Quad Cities for many years now, and I’ve finally learned enough about eagles, photography, and light, to be able to get the images I want.  This calendar is my American Bald Eagle portfolio for your home, for a steal of a price.”

 Mr. Nagle’s calendar can be ordered at at the following link:

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Richard Nagle is sole proprietor and owner of Night Owl Photography.  Richard learned his craft from his father, and godfathers as a young teen.  Richard’s favorite tools of the trade are his Nikon D300, and his Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Lens.  Night Owl Photography can be located online at

Quad Cities Eagles Calendar for 2010

calendar2010-june-blogThis years Quad Cities Eagles Calendar is a collection of my American Bald Eagle images taken entirely in 2009, in the Quad Cities region of Iowa/Illinois.  If you’re someone who likes my eagle photography, this is the best way for you to get a collection of my best eagle images for 1 cheap price.  I try to make my calendars stand out from others that you see online, by adding eagle facts, trivia, and other information to the calendar pages.  I also name each image with it’s corresponding month, so that it’s easily noticable.  Some of the images in this calendar have never been seen in this form before, so you’ll be getting something really unique from me.  After you click the link below, you’ll be able to preview the calendar pages on the Lulu website.  I hope you like it. 

If you have friends, family, or know anyone who might like a copy of my calendar, please feel free to cross post the link to my blog, or the direct link to the calendar.  I’d really love your help in getting the word out for this years calendar, since I’ve gotten it done in plenty of time for Christmas, and the new year.  Thanks for your help everyone!

Bald Eagles – Lock and Dam 14 . . . Again

So Thursday of last week, on my day off, my friend Percy and I ventured off to Lock and Dam 14 in LeClaire, IA for some eagle viewing. The weather forecast wasn’t very promising when I went to bed on Wednesday night, but for once, the weather forecasters were wrong in our favor. It was an absolutely beautiful sunny day. Cold, but sunny.
We left my place around 10AM, and arrived at Lock and Dam 14 at or near 1PM. There were eagles in the trees behind us, and we were there all alone for a while. Sweet! So we put on our cold weather gear, get our camera bodies, lenses, and other assorted photographer junk <together, and start taking pictures. We had all kinds of equipment this day. I brought my D300 with my 70-200 2.8, and a 300 2.8 that I rented from Calumet Photographic, my employer (so I got a healthy discount on the rental). Percy brought a 1DMarkII, a 1DsMarkIII, a 300 2.8, and 2 different telescopes! Yes, Percy is an astronomer, and he uses telescopes to photograph nature. He runs the observatory at Harper College in Palatine. He even let me take a couple of photos with the thing. (see image to the right)
My cousin Jon showed up shortly after we arrived, and the 3 of us took photographs all afternoon. Some of the highlights of the day were:
  1. To finally get shots of an eagle having lunch up in a tree, with a blue sky background.
  2. Capturing images of 2 eagles fighting in mid air.
  3. Capturing images of a juvenille eagle trying to carry a fish that weighed more than he did.
  4. Being dive bombed by an adult American Bald Eagle. No kidding, the bird flew right over us, and dropped his fish almost on our heads.

After almost 4 hours of photographing eagles, we finally headed out for gas and food, and then made the drive back home to Chicago. We stopped at Village Inn in Bettendorf, and as we left the restaurant, Percy was trying to take pictures of the I74 bridge as the sun set against it. So I drove across the street, and down to the riverfront where we noticed a gorgeous sunset, complete with a couple of trees to frame it up. Percy got some great sunset shots, some great bridge shots, and even some shots of a barge as it went under the bridge. Then we noticed some snow geese, and they even walked up to the car to get their picture taken!