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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Conowingo Dam, October 15, 2013

Due to the continued national park closures we had to postpone our planned trip to look for black bears.  The wonderful weather on Monday, and the promise for more of the same on Tuesday, led us to make a trip to Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River.  Although the eagles were not there in the large numbers that are usually present in November and December, there were still enough to make things interesting.
Almost immediately we spotted an eagle sitting on a limb near the parking lot.  Even obscured by the fog he had a majestic air about him…
 
There were more cormorants feeding than I have ever seen at Conowingo before…
 

About an hour after our arrival the fog began to burn off and a turbine was turned on to generate electricity.  When the turbines are operating many fish, mostly shad, are killed and discharged into the river.  This sparks a feeding frenzy among all of the birds…
 


 
The eagles also get into the act, but with fewer present, the competition was not as intense as it sometimes is.  The eagles were able to feed at their leisure without fighting over the available fish…
 

 
Eagles perched in trees near the parking lot generated a lot of attention from the photographers…
 

 
The real photo opportunities were presented by the birds flying over the river, the parking lot, to and from the power line towers, and over the dam…
 






One of the immature eagles appeared to have a radio transmitter attached to its back…
 

 
Overall, it was a productive trip, and a beautiful day…
 
 
Thanks for visiting, come back soon.


 

 

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for your comment. These are wonderful birds to watch and photograph.

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  2. Wow, Steve! The eagle Pictures are fantastic. So Close you have come....great job!

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    1. Thank you, this location is one of the best places to see eagles on the east coast. I am lucky that it is only two hours away,
      Steve

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