Sunday, November 17, 2013

Eagle Day

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

November 17, 2013

November is a prime time to view the Bald Eagles at the Conowingo Dam, Susquehanna River. Hubby and I decided later in the day to go for a visit to Conowingo Dam to see the Eagles and take a walk on the trail. We had no idea it was the inaugural Conowingo Eagles Day. A kick off to the 2013 Bald Eagle Photo Contest.  It was a crowded day on the Susquehanna River, it seems 425 photographers registered for this contest. Then count hundreds of other visitors and birders like me that come just to see the eagles. The eagles do not disappoint they put on quite the show.






Hundreds of people were there before us, causing the parking to be full and shuttles were provided to take people down to the dam viewing area. We decided to forego the shuttle and drive further on to take a walk along the Susquehanna trail and come back to see the eagles later when the crowds died down.


During previous years, hundreds of eagles can be seen during one visit. Last year around Thanksgiving Day I believe the count was well over a hundred eagles seen. There were on the ground, in the air and in the trees above us. These shots are from our most recent visit on 11/09/2013.



170 species of birds can be seen around the Susquehanna River and dam area. The Bald Eagle can be seen year round. There is a Great Blue Heron Rookery and a colony of DB Cormorants. 11 species of gulls can be found around the dam area from mid October thru mid March.



I hope you enjoyed seeing my Conowingo Eagles, my photos can not be compared to the photos of professional photographers that were participating in the Eagle Day contest. I was there mainly to see the eagles and to take photos for fun and for my blog.


As always, I hope you enjoy my post and thanks for visiting my blog. I always appreciate your comments.

Join in on the fun and for more wonderful photos please visit  Mosaic Monday and more
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 Thanks to our host: Mary our host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  I wish everyone a happy week!

76 comments:

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos, Eileen!
Greetings, RW & SK

TexWisGirl said...

oh, lucky you! their scalloped feathers always look so unreal to me (even on the drawing you won!) :)

Stephanie said...

Lucky you to see them close by and great captures.

Pam :) said...

Your Eagle shots are awesome. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day:)

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Eilenn Yes I did enjoy your Eagles. it must be wonderful to have so many different species in that area.

Montanagirl said...

They're still really nice photos. I love seeing Eagles. They're a bit spooky and wary in this area.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

sounds like an awesome day. i love eagles. see them often in our neck of the woods. ( :

Helma said...

It seemed amazing to see the eagle as pretty close to see Eileen!
Beautiful as you have managed to photograph. Photo 4 with food in its beak is fantasist itself. Also photo 5 with Blauiwe heron is a beautiful picture.

Linda Gross said...

I wish we lived close enough to the dam to go there to see the eagles! Thank you for sharing your pictures.

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!!
These are great shots of the most beautiful bird on our planet!!I love eagles!!!And you captured them so well!!Wonderful pictures!!!
Have a lovely new week!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

Betsy Adams said...

I love your photos, Eileen.. I take photos TOO for pleasure--and don't like to be around crowds. You are smart to go back at another time!!!

I'd love to see the Eagles. WOW--such gorgeous birds.

Hugs,
Betsy

Nancy Claeys said...

Such amazing, majestic birds and you got some great captures Eileen.

Mersad said...

Great shots and landscapes. Would love to take a stroll there myself.

Happyone said...

It is so special to spot an eagle. I used to see them once in a while by the lake where I used to walk around.
Great pictures!!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Ooops, I also forgot about no Mosaic Monday for this week...oh well. I do so love that meme, and look forward to sharing on it. Eileen your Bald Eagle shares are wonderful, such fascinating and beautiful birds~

Brian King said...

Well, I'm officially jealous! I hope just to see one sooner or later around here. I'd love to visit that dam site! Though, I'm not a big crowed person. Nice shots!

Lynne said...

What a wonderful sighting it would be for me to see even one Bald Eagle . . . exceptional Eileen.

Love your header . . .

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Absolutely stunning. There is a spot on the Nooksack River, not far from us that used to be great for viewing eagles - they are still there but the trees have grown up so much around the banks of the river that there is no place to see through to the eagles. We will have to travel about 2 hours to Rockport - where there is an eagle festival,float raft rides down the river and dozens of chances to view all the eagles - it takes your breath away.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful spot with us.

Carol said...

I've missed your beautiful pictures and travel adventures, Eileen! Spectacular shots! Have a great week.

The happy wanderer. said...

You are very lucky to have these raptor migrations and eagle gatherings. Thanks for sharing this one.

Maria said...

Vey nice series of the Baldie!

Gail Dixon said...

Awesome shots of the bald eagle, Eileen! I cannot wait for ours to return in January. Love that first sky shot, too with the contrails.

Betty Luckhurst said...

What a majestic bird! I love these photos.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh and I thought we were lucky to have one nest and two eagles(and their eventual nestlings we hope). Wow this is amazing. I'm thinking that your pictures might very well be right up there with the pros.

Custom Comforts said...

How wonderful to see Bald Eagles. I've only seen a couple in my lifetime and never at the Conowingo Dam. I used to live in Harford County years ago and have been birding there, but never saw an eagle. So jealous.
Cindy

EG CameraGirl said...

Very cool, Eileen! I like your attitude. I'd rather be taking photos for fun and for my blog too.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, You are lucky to go to such great spots for birding! Gee the Bald Eagles are especially handsome in your shots! Great work! I have not yet seen the resident Bald Eagle(s) here where I live. Sooner or later one will show. Have a fine week!

George said...

I think you got some wonderful pictures of the eagles, even if you're not a professional. This is a wonderful place for viewing eagles. I would love to visit it some day.

•°°• IcyBC •°°• said...

Gorgeous photos and the eagle mosaic is just wonderful!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

That must be so fun to see so many eagles at once! I really like the closeup!

Loredana Donovan said...

I love the eagles in flight in that beautiful sky! :)

Mama Zen said...

Splendid pictures!

SquirrelQueen said...

Your photos are beautiful Eileen. I really like the ones of the eagle in the tree with the fall colors. Taking photos for pleasure is far more rewarding. The professionals are more interested in the perfect shot and don't always appreciate the subject.

pattisjarrett said...

It's so hard to imagine so many in one area. Thanks for sharing your photos of these lovely birds.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots. Great place to see so many eagles flying around.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful photos of these majestic birds, Eileen! I have yet to see an eagle flying in the wild.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures / collages viewing. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures with us. Wish you a good new week :)

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures, Eileen.
Especially that of the eagle.
Greetings Irma

Carole M. said...

well I especially loved the eagle shots Eileen; lovely post again

Stewart M said...

Eagles on tap is kind of strange! I'd like to see it.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Pallavi said...

The eagles look so regal. Glad you got a chance to capture them. I can imagine how crowded it must be with so many people around. Lovely captures :)

Jill Harrison said...

always fabulous pics Eileen - thanks for showing us the eagles. They are certainly majestic. Have a wonderful week, and thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

There is quite a thrill in bird spotting and managing to capture any photo of them. I listen much more now, hoping to see and capture birds in photos.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, over a 100 eagles. That would be a sight. They have eagle viewing days close to Tulsa near a dam. I might just have to drag myself up there one day.

Kerri Farley said...

Super captures!

Phyllis Oller said...

awesome shots! I will have to truck up the river to see them,we don`t live too far away.thanks for sharing these beautiful birds!phyllis

acreativeharbor.com said...

Gorgeous photography of nature and amazing shot of the bald eagle ~ thanks, carol, xxx

Thanks for visiting and commenting ~ Happy Week to you ^_^

Ailime said...

Olá Eileen, adorei a suas fotos das águias! Esse passeio com o seu marido deve ter sido maravilhoso. Eu também tiro as fotos por pura diversão. Utilizo ate a camera do meu telefone movel. Abraços Ailime

Our Neck of the Woods said...

You got some awesome photos! I've always loved Bald Eagles.

Jannibele said...

Wow! The eagles are som majestic. You have caught them so close. Fantastic. Have a nice day.

Poppy said...

Hi Eileen,

Your eagle shots are fantastic! My goodness, I feel like it's right in front of me, and I must say, he's got scary, predator eyes!!

Amazing photos, as always!

Have a wonderful week!

Poppy

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Wonderful captures! I love the eagles and would have loved to been there to see them.

Gary Phillips said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures of the eagles, Eileen!! Such a magnificent bird! You do get the best shots! Thanks for sharing!! Hope you have a great week! Enjoy!

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant Eagle images Eileen.

Leovi said...

Wow, great, I'm enjoying these wonderful compositions full of beauty, beautiful pictures!!

DeniseinVA said...

Your Eagle photos are fantastic Eileen. If I could get something like this I would be over the moon. Great job!

Carver said...

These are all great shots. Fantastic captures of the eagles.

betchai said...

oh wow, wish to see that many eagles too

Debbie said...

Such a magical sighting, they are just so majestic!!

It's just amazing to see so many together!!

Love those skies, I have been seeing those designs as well!!

Kusum Sanu said...

Nice pictures! Looks like you had a great day!

Marisol@TravelingSolemates said...

Oh wow, I haven't seen that much eagle at the same time. What an awesome sight. Great capture, Eileen.

Photo Cache said...

lovely photos.

ladyfi said...

What an amazing sight and a wonderful day! Great captures of the eagles.

Birgitta said...

Wonderful shots Eileen!

Phil Slade said...

Good thinking to go back later Eileen. With 400 phptgraphers it could get a bit crowded. Still. it's good to hear how many people take pride in the eagles and their wellbeing. You got some great pictures, I'd love to get there and have a go too.

confusedmind said...

Thank you so much for these wonderful photos of eagles!! I think you have nothing less from a professional photographer. Your love for birding exist in each photo of you!! Have a happy day!!

Fun60 said...

Those are such amazing shots of the eagle.

Indrani said...

Wow! You got so many lovely shots! Great post!

Karen said...

How wonderful to see the eagles!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your photos are amazing! What a wonderful day you had. I'm keeping my eyes open for eagles here in Florida...we've seen a few already. Enjoy your week my friend!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

There is something about eagles... I saw some in B.C.

Hazel Ceej said...

Gorgeous eagle! I'm like you - taking photos for fun.

Hazel

Elaine said...

Excellent shots of the eagles!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Birds and sunskies, does not get any better than that, just stunning Eileen!

tradgardssurr said...

Gosh, such stunning close ups to the eagle!

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