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Bald Eagle Tour

  • Feb 22, 2014 · 7:00 AM
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Would you like to spend a late morning/early afternoon photographing Bald Eagles in their habitat? Well, you can do so right here in Virginia, on the James River. Just minutes from downtown Richmond, Va.   The 3 hour Eagle Tour travels through a five mile stretch of the James River known as Jefferson's Reach, and covers five territories of resident bald eagles. There is a great chance we will spot migratory Eagles as well, along with some Blue Heron. Capt Mike (the owner and boat Capt) will give us a tour, and explain the rich history of the area.  He will also explain the history on the areas most famous Bald Eagle, Bandit. If you want to experience photographing raptors, doing their thing, then this is the trip for you.  

For those who are traveling from the Roanoke area, I realize this is a long day for you. And, I suggest we carpool. There is a toll ($3 each way, Pocahontas State Parkway)  one must pay if coming from southside Richmond. I can, and am willing to drive. A total of 4 people can fit in my vehicle. To play it safe we need to leave Lynchburg no later than 8am, boat departs at 10:30am. The Roanoke area folks can meet up at the Park-N-Ride, Exit 140 on I81, by 6:45am, then carpool up 460 to Lynchburg. For those who need to park a vehicle (in Lynchburg) and want to ride with me, you may do so, at my apartment. From there, we will travel to Richmond. For those who wish to travel on their own, the address is stated above. There is a slim chance, we will board the boat from the Richmond Yacht Basin. Should that happen, I will inform you in the week leading up to the event. Don't worry! It is less than 5 miles from Deep Bottom Park. The limit of participates is set at 7 due to the size of the boat. Also, should you decide to participate, please leave your tripod in the car (due to lack of space on the boat). Monopods are okay. Bring your camera, a zoom lens, and lets HAVE FUN!!!! 

(another important note, If anyone has any ideas, or would like to pick a place to eat after the trip. I am open to suggestions) 

Here is the Capt. Mike's Website for more info about him and the area:
http://www.discoverthejames.com/?q=Eagle-Tour


[Jon's Note: Because we're renting out the entire boat for the private tour, we need to take payment when your RSVP. If you'd rather not use PayPal, get in touch with me about how you'd like to pay.]

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  • riley t

    Mike,
    Grand! What a difference with the lighting between the day I went with you and today! The colors are more vibrant. Blue all over, instead of the grey. Just nice!

    2 · February 22, 2014

  • Denise P.

    I am just too tired to look at the hundreds of great pictures I took today (well, I hope they are great, lol)! But, I do want to say, it was great meeting new people. Today was just beautiful, perfect really. So many great opportunities to be had for some great shots. The James River and the Bald Eagles were amazing. Can't say enough good things about the company, the Captain of the boat, and the experience. Thank you and can't wait to go back!

    February 22, 2014

    • Mike Y.

      Thank You for your kind words

      1 · February 22, 2014

  • Mike Y.

    We will meet the Boat at the Richmond Yacht Basin

    February 18, 2014

  • riley t

    I went to the "first" open invitation (the real first was postponed, so I went to the 'guinea pig' session).
    Mike expressed that no tripod is allowed, but, may bring monopod. My experience with the 'guinea pig' session on it:
    I won't even use a monopod --- the movement of the boat transmits to the camera/lens setup and I missed many a shot because of it. And, if the raptor flys close by or over me, I can't whip around the camera with the monopod. Moral of the story, handhold(!) with IS/VR is the way to go. The rest of the tricks, Mike will explain better than I can.

    If you have a long lens, BRING. If it pairs with a multiplier, bring.

    Just bring lots of memory cards and shoot lots, LOTS!

    Please share your stories and photos after the trip.
    Please, have fun, it's not a once in a lifetime trip, just hope it's many a lifetime returning excursion.
    - riley

    2 · February 15, 2014

    • Mike Y.

      Thanks Riley

      February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Those leaving from Roanoke, please meet us at the farthest section of the Wal-Mart and Lowes parking lot on Rt 460 at 6 AM. So far we have Teri and Nuttapol (from Blacksburg) riding with us. If using a GPS, you can enter the following address: 4520 Challenger Avenue,Roanoke,VA,24012. We are happy to take others if anyone else wants to join us. Looking forward to the adventure ahead :-)!

    1 · February 14, 2014

    • Mike Y.

      Julie,
      Thank You for volunteering to drive

      February 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Greg, my husband, will drive since he knows the area so well from his many years of travels with work in the Kitchen and Bath business :-). This is his first time attending a ER event with me! :-) Our home either has butterflies (my interest) or Bald Eagles (his interest), so it's a perfect first trip for him! :-)

      1 · February 15, 2014

  • Mike Y.

    Everyone please check their email. Should there be any questions, please ask. As stated in the message, if we meet the boat at the alternate location, I will let you know asap.

    February 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone leaving from Roanoke?

    February 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Teri. My husband and I are leaving from Roanoke and will be more than happy to take you and anyone else who'd like to join us! We have a 7 passenger Pearl White Toyota Highlander Hybrid. My cell is 797-6444. I sent you a direct email through meet up the other day but my phone was acting up so maybe you didn't ever get my note. Call anytime. ()() Julie

      1 · February 13, 2014

    • Mike Y.

      Julie,
      Thank You so much for responding. When I read Teri's question, I remembered our last conversation, ref driving to Richmond. I will be sending out a group email within a day or so, ref the trip.

      February 13, 2014

  • Mike Y.

    Welcome Aboard, Denise. I realize you're a little late joining, which is okay. If you have any questions, please ask.

    1 · February 4, 2014

    • Denise P.

      Can't wait! Look forward to meeting new people and shooting some wildlife off a boat!

      1 · February 4, 2014

  • Mike Y.

    All members who are attending this event, that I have not personally spoken to, please check your email.

    January 5, 2014

    • Mike Y.

      Teresa, just sent it to you. Please advise if you received it.

      January 5, 2014

    • Teresa

      I got it.

      1 · January 6, 2014

  • Mike Y.

    Members who are attending this Meetup

    I regret to inform you the Jan 25th date has been cancelled by the Boat Captain. Therefor it is being rescheduled to Feb, 22 2014. The Boat Capt, suggested doing it on "closer date." However, I disagreed with that because many of you, myself included, have plans that really can't be changed on short notice. Therefor, I am moving it to this date, to give others time to make adjustments in their schedule. For those who are unable to attend, a full refund will be given.

    January 5, 2014

  • Linda B.

    I tentatively said my Sister and I would come, but we have other obligations then...So I am sorry will not be able to go. I don't think you had us in the final count anyways. Just wanted to let you know...Really sounds like fun, may go there later in year.

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the only way for me to bring and pay for my husband to come with me to have him join meet up too? I usually see that when we respond we are coming there is a "+1" option. Don't see that here. I am new to the group and will attend my first event next Friday - downtown at the parade. With only 2 spot left I thought I'd better see how I can have him join us as quickly as I could :-)! Thank you for your kind assistance in advance. {)(}

    December 7, 2013

    • Jon B.

      I've added your +1 for you. :)

      December 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you! Thank you! ()()

      December 7, 2013

  • Dennis W.

    Really look forward to this!

    2 · December 6, 2013

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  • the Meetup is cancelled
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