The Eagles at Conowingo Dam 2015

Finally after a long year of waiting, I was able to return to Conowingo Dam in Darlington, Maryland and the Bald Eagles.

It was heartening to find that the population has greatly increased this year, as seen in this one full-frame capture with over 40 eagles in the scene.


Last year the total count was around 35 due to the increasing number of photographers and the halting of the dam’s operation.

The number of photographers are still three times more than they have been in previous years, and many travel from far away to enjoy these majestic birds of prey.

The photographers with their big glass were already lined up along the fenceline when I arrived before sunrise at 6:30 a.m.

There was plenty of action happening, but it was on the far side of the river where the eagles like to hang out. It was still an enjoyable day, hearing the giggle of the bald eagles and reconnecting with fellow bird photographers that I have made friends with over the years. I’ll be back tomorrow, hoping for that gallery shot.

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  1. Superb pictures, Emily. I’ve been to Conowingo many times because I grew up quite near there on the Pennsylvania side of the Mason-Dixon line. A friend from my local park recently showed me some amazing pictures he took recently at Conowingo. 😉

  2. Looks like you got some great shots here! I first heard about Conowingo Dam last year when one of the meetup groups I belong to on planned a trip there, but I decided it that was too far, too popular, and it also sounded like parking would be hard (as evidenced by your shots of the fellow photographers), so I opted not to go. Yes, that is great news about the increasing eagle population.

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