I just read this on the RiverQuest website: "02-28, 1:00pm, JUST talked to Captain Mark on the 10:00am, they are seeing a lot of Eagles. Perched and great viewing." Let's hope they hang around for us on Saturday! Steve and I have posted a FINAL DETAILS file for this event. (Under MORE and "files.") Everything you need is there.
Let us know if yo have any questions. Thanks.
1 · February 28
Our reservations for March 3 were ALL canceled. Credit cards were NOT charged (aren't anyway until close to a cruise.) SOOOOOOOOO,
everyone ASAP go back and book for Sat. March 2 ... pay attention here... for the 2:00 pm CRUISE! (NOT 9:00 am) Got it? Captain Mark said 2:00 is better for photogs because it's the last one of the day so they don't have to rush back for another cruise AND sometimes they stay out a little longer if there is "action." Plus, we know the light will be better later in the day. We will meet at 11:00 or so to do some photographing of nearby Essex. So, quick! Reserve for 2:00!! March 2 at 2:00! ; ) Whew! Reserve here:
1 · January 22
Moving us all would be great, Sue - thanks for attempting. I have two tix, for Mark and me, if you can do it. And, yes, thanks to others for being flexible!! They only sell so many tix per cruise, so I don't think it will be any busier on a Saturday - the boat will be full any day we choose - they always sell out.
0 · January 21
Thanks, Carol. I'm just waiting to hear from Melissa. Yes, Carol. I will try to move us all. A Sunday morning was chosen because there might be fewer people. I prefer not to change meetup dates; but there are 3 people involved with the Shooter's Club workshop and others might want to attend it. It seems to be okay with our small group, so I will make an exception this time. Luckily, the eagle cruises occur on other days. I was with family most of the day and not able to attend to this until this evening. Thank you all for your understanding.
1 · January 21
Yes, no refunds BUT you get a credit to use any other time.
It will be more crowded on a Saturday, but we can switch it to Sat. if you all agree. Let me call when I when I return home today to try and move us all at once. I msut know if you are IN for Sat. So far it's Dot, Charles, and me. Will the rest let me know ASAP so I can call?
0 · January 21
I had bought the cruise tix for that date, then ordered tix for the Shooters Gallery event today...not even realizing it was the same date until the transaction cleared! I would really like to see it moved to the Saturday...then need to see if I can transfer my tix to the other cruise date.
0 · January 20
I don't suppose there is any chance at all of moving this event to Saturday the 2nd???
The Shooter's Gallery photo Club in Colchester is hosting an all day event Sunday on Nature, Landscape & Night photography with Pro, Jennifer Wu and I would REALLY like to do that and the Eagle Cruise...
0 · January 20
Thanks, Pat, for all your valuable input. I mentioned the Shepaug Dam eagle lookout in Southbury in our recent "update" e-mail. It was a tie between that and River Quest, but I decided on the boat with the experts because it covers much territory in 2 1/2 hrs, increasing our odds. Also, more eagles congregate on the lower CT River. I still encourage members to check out the Shepaug Dam. It's open now 9-1 daily with some eagle sightings from the wooden lookout. Though free, you still have to call during the week to make a reservation.
0 · January 14
First, even pricey photog charters must respect the eagles and their territory and are limited. No boat can pull up next to an eagle's nest. Second, due to the responses of at least 3 members who have done this cruise, I feel it will be a good adventure. I'm contacting the Captain to tell him our group of photographers will be on board and to ask for advice. Also, we can see what the banks bring; maybe we can follow up leads on foot for some more bird sitings and photos afterwards (before we do Essex.) Here is the link for our cruise:
http://ctrivereagles.com/index..... Let's think positively.
1 · January 14
When I sent on the tour I had rented a 100-400mm Canon lens and used a monopod ... no one gave me a hard time. There were others on the boat with professional lens, but may have been the only one with a monopod. It can get a little tight outside of the cabin. So keep the gear to a minimum.
1 · January 14
Essex is a very nice area. Not only do you get a good boat tour and a chance to see eagles, but I would recommend taking a walk through Essex, its small picturesque town, has old historic INN, and there is a museum. There is also the ESSEx old Trains near by and the Gillett Castle is also near by, as well as the Goodspeed opera house. Lots of opportunity for pictures and a good day overall.
0 · January 12