- A pair of bald eagles landed on an ice flow in the middle of the Mississippi
- The birds were caught on camera floating down the river at quite a pace
- One bird appeared to be enjoying the ride only to be joined by a second bird
- The video was posted online and has been viewed almost 2 million times
Published: 19:01 GMT, 25 January 2018 | Updated: 19:43 GMT, 25 January 2018
The eagle is floating!
A couple of bald eagles deiced to rest their wings and instead float down the Mississippi.
The usual sight was captured on camera by Brian Woolman who was standing alongside the banks of the river when he noticed the beautiful birds on their journey.
One bald eagle comes into the frame until moments later when a second bald eagle is seen enjoying the rush of being moved along by the rapid ice flows.
A bald eagle was spotter cruising down the Mississippi River in Illinois standing on an ice flow
The eagle appeared to be enjoying the ride and looking around as it sailed on by
Woolman was some distance away from where the protected birds were enjoying their wintry ride but he was able to capture the superb footage with his camera's zoom lens.
Woolman, a nature enthusiast, frequently posts videos of wildlife in Illinois to his photography Facebook page called NatureFirst.
His video of the Eagles shared on Facebook on January 19 has since gone viral and racking up 1.6 million views.
The video was taken at the Lock and Dam No. 18 near Gladstone, Illinois, located on the upper part of the Mississippi River.
It wasn't long before another eagle decided to get in on the act and landed close by
The two birds traveled down the river together for a few brief moments before one took off
The eagle seemed entirely comfortable as it floating along the mighty Mississippi
Other eagles watched from the sheets of ice along the riverbanks