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There's a low dam adjacent to the Melvin Price Lock and Dam at Alton, Illinois, that overspills whenever the Mississippi River at Alton rises about 26 feet above flood stage.

That's the way it was yesterday afternoon. The fast flowing overspill carries fish with it, and provides an opportunity for some easy pickings for people and birds.Close to me, by an access ramp, were the people.Further away, towards the dam itself, were the birds. It's not often I see an egret, a heron and a group of pelicans so close to each other.Beyond them, the dam. All the giant radial sluice gates were open letting as much water through as they can.Finally, another shot of the Clark Bridge from below, taken just before I witnessed the unfortunate accident. It's low in the water.

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