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.