While in Pennsylvania, I visited the Conowingo Dam in Maryland.
It is a hydroelectric plant located on the Susquehanna River, just northwest of where the river meets the northern part of the Chesapeake Bay. When the turbines run, the large valves suck in water, fish and anything else in the vicinity to provide the raptors ample food.
Since this was my first time at this location, I talked with a few of the hundreds of seasoned photographers lining the platform. Most sported very long lenses from 500mm to 800mm, most on tripods. I had my tripod in my Jeep, but decided to handhold the camera because everywhere you looked there were eagles.
I learned quite a bit from the helpful photographers, like where the public indoor toilet was located should the need arise. Otherwise it was a bank of Job Johnnies available to the visitors. I learned how when the turbines are shut down around noon, the water recedes where one can walk out further and take photos at water level. A loud horn blares to warn people to get out of this area quickly because the turbines are being reactivated.
I learned how to follow the light also. When they run turbines closest to the platform, that is the best place to get closeup action shots. They had the outer turbines running when I was there, making it a bit difficult to get photos with my 400mm lens, but when eagles flew overhead, the guys with the long lenses were out of luck though.
Conowingo is only one hour from where I stay in PA, so it is easy to get to early in the morning. The most action occurred around 9AM, but I got there at 8AM for a good parking place. When I left at 1PM, I noticed eagles in farmers fields, trees along the roadway, and flying high in the sky. It is just hard to imagine seeing this many Bald Eagles.
Tomorrow I will be back at the Dam since the sun will be shining again. I will show you the many photographers and more of the dam. Over on Nature and Wildlife Pics, I have young eagles fighting. I so wish I had a longer lens…