The Eagles of Maryland

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First off, I am sorry for my long absence, business has gone through the roof lately, and there is little time to catch up with all of these projects.

Early am November 6th, 2012 my group head south in a rental car to the Conowingo Dam, MD. We travel all night, and arrive at the dam around 10 am. Great conversations, coffee, sandwiches, and a wee bit of fuel! (actually not too bad, one fill up got us all the way from Toronto to the area of Conowingo Dam.

The birds were primarily located on the opposite side of the river, hanging out in the large boulders about 200 yards away. So, basically a waiting game. When they flew, and caught fish, we would catch a fly-by!

I would say about 80 eagles were present at the dam, but this number is constantly changing. The Conowingo is a feeding location for migrating Bald Eagles who are making their way south. They stop over for all the fish that get stirred up in the water turbulence from the dam. Once a fish is flushed the turbines, it is disoriented, and floats to the top belly up.

Easy pickings! We would see at least 5-10 fish caught each hour, but the catch was too far in most cases to get a good shot. Most of the time the bird would be flying the opposite direction so we found this a bit frustrating!

So, in the end, a bout 700 shots taken and a few edited below. Special thanks to my guests Harry and Jeffery, this was a fun trip.

Thanks for looking!

 

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Maria
Maria

Beautiful, thanks for sharing!

Ken_Billington

Outstanding study of the bald eagle in flight, Ray – it would be good to have one of these shots on our banner – could we enter one in the next photo competition?

Jim Jam

No mistake that the Cormorant’s closer than the Eagles.

Annette
Annette

Great job Ray!!! Amazing shots of this majestic bird!!! And such a fitting time to have them posted on the day we celebrate our troops for protecting us and our country!!!

khalid
khalid

beautiful pics