Conowingo Dam Eagles, Darlington Maryland

Eagle-Portrait

Conowingo Eagles

Each year I try to make the trip to Conowingo Dam to see the eagles. If you saw the post on GWGT, you noticed we too get Bald Eagles along the Niagara River, just not hundreds of them at one time.

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Conowingo Eagles

Nature and Wildlife Pics did not really need new posts to be “blog busy” these last number of months though. It seems my eagle images (and I have hundreds of them) are a nice way to bring new readers through search. Once here for eagles, all the posts get a view, often around a hundred clicks per hour. Since it is eagle time again, I hope to post new eagle images…but first about my absence.

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I have been absent from this blog due to some serious health reasons and unfortunately, have been instructed by doctors not go to remote wildlife locations just incase I have a problem with my heart or pass out unexpectedly. I must remain findable so to say. So, being really restricted, I have only been going where there are people, and you probably guessed, people and wildlife don’t mix well for photographs. Wildlife likes to ensure safety, peace and quiet or it leaves the area rather quickly. I try to be respectful, but when with others, that is not always so easy to be out of the visual, auditory and olfactory range of animals. That is why being alone is an advantage.

Young-Eagle

Conowingo Eagles

At the dam, there is an abundance of fish and eagles love to dine on fish. They make the exception to their “people avoidance rule” when they have a buffet of fish.

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Conowingo Eagles

I may be getting or renting a 600mm lens for this trip which should make the images taken with the 400mm a bit sharper. Enlarging them so greatly makes them soft. Not cropping them makes them look rather insignificant on a blog post.

Bringing a 600mm depends on if I can handle such a heavy lens – one that likely will need a tripod. I go see one on Wednesday. Renting might be the way to go, but the sale on the lens is far too inviting. It is a Sigma 150-600mm zoom, under $1,000. I would much prefer a Nikon prime 600mm, but cost is prohibitive. When spring rolls around and those warblers migrate, it would come in very handy, so purchase might make sense. Where I spot warblers is similar to where I find eagles. Many photographers and hundreds and hundreds of warblers are found at the cemetery during the weeks of migration.

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I do have another exciting trip planned this February to Maui again. More whales, sea turtles and exotic shore/wading birds coming. If I purchase the 600mm, it would not be making that trip though. I am not even sure my D750 will make the trip either. Too much sea salt, so the old D7000 might travel. I do try to keep my good equipment as safe as possible.

I will try to keep this blog going, but much depends on health and what and where I can travel. When I get to some cool nature reserves on Maui like last year, I should have some interesting wildlife images.

The underwater camera will travel with me for sure. I plan on taking two boat tours for snorkeling, dolphin and whale watching ensuring a much better likelihood of clear, underwater images. Also, I hope to book a helicopter tour of the island.

Next post you see here will likely be from Conowingo Dam in Maryland though. Enjoy my eagles. See you from PA and MD with new eagle images hopefully. You never know with wildlife!

Banded-Eagle

Conowingo Eagles

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18 Responses to Conowingo Dam Eagles, Darlington Maryland

  1. Mike Powell says:

    Wow. I may have to visit Conowingo myself. Your eagle shots are awesome.

  2. David says:

    Nice captures! Don’t forget (I doubt that you have) the Sigma 150-600mm or the Nikkor 600mm prime on the D700 would give you 900mm. I think that borders on Hubble telescope capabilities. 🙂

  3. Great shots! Looking forward to more!! Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2016, Donna.

  4. Donna says:

    Always exceptional shots Donna and these are stunning…..I am not surprised you get so many clicks. Sounds like a few wonderful trips planned that we get the benefit of too! Safe travels and wishing you the best in 2016.

    • donna213 says:

      Thanks Donna. I do hope to get to PA for eagles. They are quite a sight. Reports this week, there are about 50 right now. The better weather means less eagles I guess.

  5. What a majestic being… and your photos are incredible, Donna! 🙂

  6. Lyle Krahn says:

    I hope you can find a way to keep doing wildlife photography. Your eagle shots are amazing.

    • donna213 says:

      Thanks, Lyle. I plan to keep at it, just have to be with people when I do. As you know, it is best to be alone or in a vehicle. Where I go, there are not animals along the roads as readily as where you are located, so sitting in my Jeep for cover does now work so well. We are too populated and the land too flat and treeless here in our part of the east. In PA, there are more places to get out in the wilderness, especially in the mountains or Appalachian Trail. Wish I still lived there.

  7. I can’t wait to see what you can do with new equipment!

    • donna213 says:

      I am hoping to get a new lens. I went to see it on Thursday, but came home still debating. I wanted to rent it, but with fee and shipping, cost was to much to justify for a cheaper long lens. My eagles may still get shot with the 400mm.

  8. Denise says:

    Wow … amazing!

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