2013 Project 365

Project 365/326 – Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam

As the Snowy Owls derailed me from a scheduled trip to Conowingo Dam in Darlington, Maryland. I made the trek today in hopes to get some amazing images of the Bald Eagles. The forecast has been for a sunny day, but it was cloudy when I woke up.

Driving up I-95 I witnessed an extraordinary number of starlings in large flock bands that seemed to extend over a half a mile. These flocks began some murmuration which was sheer magic in the sky and brought tears to my eyes. If you’re unfamiliar with Murmuration, check out this video. I still get goosebumps when I watch it.

Arriving to the dam, I was surprised to see the huge number of gulls flocking at the dam.


The dam was flowing strong this morning, and the current in front of the fishing platform was brisk. This Cormorant dove down to grab a fish and showed up quite a bit downstream moments later.


There was some bald eagle action, but it was on the far side of the river. Perhaps the strong current blew the fish onto the other side and the eagles preferred slower waters.


Once again, remembering to turn around to see if I was missing anything, I discovered a pair of Bald Eagles sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G.

She started to giggle a little – looked more like screaming to me. He had a look that was priceless.

Jeez..what is she screaming about now?

Jeez..what is she screaming about now?

She promptly clamped up and had a pissed off look on her face.

Excuse me..did you just say something?

Excuse me..did you just say something?

Seems at least one additional trip is needed before the season is over. Preferably on a sunnier day. Hope you had a sunny day for me. Bella

26 replies »

  1. Beautiful shots of the bald eagles, a bird that I have yet to see that closely. You may not have been able to catch them fishing, but you got some amazing shots. The ones in the tree really show their personalities (and I chuckled at your descriptions).

  2. No sun but for sure today post brightened up my evening. The murmurs of the starlings is awesome. Saw one when I step out of the airport in Venice and I was awes trucked. As for the eagles, I think they were pissed off for interrupting their interlude.

    P.S. I am going to use the video credit to you. How many more days. I am so tired, bella. Oh god give me strength!

  3. Oh my! That video of the Starlings Murmuration is fascinating: they look like a tornado! I saw something very similar in Le Crotoy, on the Bay of the Somme in northern France: truly magical.
    Your pictures are also magical: love the lonely cormorant in the water, but the eagles are really funny.

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