I just returned from a fantastic weekend with my friends at the Conowingo Dam. The dam is a hydroelectric dam that is located on the Susquehanna River in Darlington, Maryland. In the late fall/early winter the dam becomes home to a large number of migrating eagles as it provides a fantastic supply of food to feed these large birds of prey. Due to the large number of bald eagles that can be found at the dam, it attracts wildlife photographers from all over the country. On any given day during the months of November and December you can find photographers lined elbow to elbow.
My weekend their with my friends was amazing. We had perfect weather with lots of sunshine and blue skies. The mornings started off rather chilly, but by noon we were all warmed up. The first day was a little slow, but things picked up on the second day (which also happened to be the third annual Eagle Day at the dam). The third day of our trip was out of this world as eagles flew, fished, and chased each other from roughly 8 am - 1:30 pm. I hardly put my camera down or had time to chat/eat as there was one photo opportunity after another. In fact, there were many times when I couldn't even tell which eagle I should follow. It was truly a day that exceeded my expectations. Then the fourth day was good, but much slower than the third day. That was completely expected as eagles are known to fill up on food one day, then take the next day off from chowing down.
During the four days at the dam, I took well over 7,000 photographs. No worries though, I have no intentions on keeping all of those. Attached here is one of the fantastic shots I captured during our wonderful trip to the Conowingo Dam!