Eaglefest!

Its time once again for Eaglefest in Emory!  The fest starts at 9am.  I will be there early.  This is a great event because there will be a bus and barge tour to spot wild eagles.  There will be a variety of raptor/birds of prey shows too.  I have seen both the Last Chance Forever show and Back Land Prairie Center show. They are both great!   Last year we had a variety of questions about what to bring.  I would recommend bring a variety of zoom lens.   A 300mm and a 28-70mm will be fine.  You will want to bring fingerless gloves too.  This is a great event for both seasoned and new shooters.

Eaglefest 2014



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  • Greg D

    I am sorry to hear that the barge tour was not great. I was to be on the 12:30 and it was canceled. They will be refunding my money. I didn't want to go on the bus tour again. I just go off. I didn't think I would see any eagles. I hope everyone got to enjoy the raptor show. Last chance forever does a great job. We saw 2 eagles on the 9:30 bus tour. They were on the earth dam. Dave they had more vendors in 2010. The bad snow in 2011 canceled the event for that year. I would like to thank everyone who came out.

    January 18, 2014

    • Lucy H.

      Hi Dee, what meeting is that? "wild horses"

      January 18, 2014

    • Dee

      It's not a meetup. It's a small workshop in Colorado.

      January 21, 2014

  • Patti A.

    Roy and I got there late and are sorry we missed you all. We were on the noon bus and, unfortunately, didn't see any eagles. But we very much enjoyed the live bird shows and got some pretty good shots there.

    January 19, 2014

  • john o.

    I was on one of the 7.00 am barges, enjoyed it. Saw a few eagles and plenty of other birds. Was v cold, but thanks to the heads up on the site was more or less prepared. Great to meet other members and potential members.

    January 19, 2014

  • Mike C.

    I enjoyed the event

    January 18, 2014

  • Dianne E.

    We got there just before 9am, didn't find the group, ended up going on our own. We didn't know about all the fees for the pontoon and buses. It wasn't a good day.

    January 18, 2014

  • Dee

    Yes, despite the excellent weather, the winds did us in. Even the white pelicans (who are fun to shoot) were scarce. Not sure I will attend again, but would be interested in knowing if there are lakes closer by where we can shoot water fowl. I looked up Lake Lavon and drove by on my way home. Looks like there's birds down there. Probably no eagles.

    January 18, 2014

    • Dee

      Is there a particular spot? Never been there, but I'll plan to go. Thanks, Dave!

      January 18, 2014

    • Dave P.

      I've seen the pelicans all over the lake the cormorants are at the opposite end from the dam. They hang out in a cluster of trees. Sorry can't be more specific

      January 18, 2014

  • Lucy H.

    Well, in spite of not seeing eagles, I enjoyed the trip. This was the first time I came, and I am planing on returning next year if I can. The people driving our barge were very nice, as well as the bus driver. I did not stay for the rest of the show, but I can tell visitors were enjoying it. Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want. And I'm happy. Cannot rate it higher, though, but no fault to the organizers. Thanks a lot for what y'all do.

    January 18, 2014

  • Dave P.

    I thank Greg for putting this meetup together. as far as the event I don't think I will attend again. there were not enough vendors to make it worth my time to drive that far. as far as the barge trip, I was on the 9:30 and believe it should have been cancelled due to wind. pontoon boats and whitecaps on the water do not work well together. we didn't see any eagles but that is the chance you take when dealing with nature.
    thanks again Greg for putting this event together.

    January 18, 2014

  • Dave P.

    Anyone here yet?

    January 18, 2014

  • Dave P.

    Can anyone recommend either a tripod or monopod or both?

    January 17, 2014

    • Dave P.

      Sorry maybe should have been more clear. Which should I bring, a tripod or a monopod?

      January 17, 2014

    • Greg D

      Monopod

      January 17, 2014

  • Dianne E.

    we hope to be there. I'll bring my 300mm and TC's. My cell # is[masked] in case someone needs to reach me.

    January 17, 2014

  • Greg D

    Looks like the weather will be nice this year!

    January 17, 2014

  • Greg D

    I will be a the table at 9! My cell is 817-nine eight six-twenty 38! I hope to see all of you!

    January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Boo, both barge tours are full. I'll be on the 9:30 bus.

    January 15, 2014

    • Michael L.

      I just called them. There's 1 spot on the 7:30 barge, 2 spots for the 9:30, and 11 for the 12.

      January 16, 2014

    • Kamlesh

      still 4 seats available on the noon barge

      January 17, 2014

  • Lucy H.

    @ Pam: I live in Plano area. What time are you leaving and what time do you want to get back? It's a good idea to carpool.

    January 16, 2014

    • Pam

      I'm open as to times, maybe leave at 7-7:30, would you like to do the driving?[masked]

      January 17, 2014

    • Lucy H.

      @Pam: The earlier we leave, the better. I left you a voice message. You can call me at (972)[masked]

      January 17, 2014

  • Lucy H.

    Thanks for organizing this meetup. Exactly where do we meet and at what time?

    January 13, 2014

    • Greg D

      Your welcome. We will meet briefly at 9 at the door.

      January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can carpool from the Forney area if anyone is interested.

    January 16, 2014

  • Dave P.

    I am signed up for the 9:30 barge tour. This will be my first time with this group and my first eaglefest. Is anyone else taking the 9:30 barge?

    January 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I also have never been to this group and I'm on the 9:30 tour. Looking forward to it! :)

      1 · January 14, 2014

    • Pam

      I'm new also, would anyone like to carpool? I'm in the W Plano area.

      January 16, 2014

  • john o.

    Hi there, I am new to this group, and have booked on the 7am barge, looking forward to meeting you. Quick question, how will us newbies recognize the rest of you? secret handshake? ;-)

    1 · January 14, 2014

    • Greg D

      Call my cell number.

      1 · January 14, 2014

    • Mike C.

      I'll be on the 7AM barge as well. see you there

      1 · January 14, 2014

  • Lucy H.

    Hi John, lucky you that were able to sign at 7am. Well, actually, it is easy to recognize the rest of us: we carry huge cameras and all we do is take pictures... ;)

    1 · January 14, 2014

  • Dave P.

    Greg which barge tour would you recommend 7:00am or 9-30am for best chance at seeing eagles?

    January 13, 2014

  • Lucy H.

    I tried to sign in at 7 am and it was sold out, so I signed in for 9:30 barge.

    January 14, 2014

  • Patti A.

    Are the bus tickets available only on-line or can we get them there, too?

    January 13, 2014

    • Tim L.

      Patti, if you are planning on doing one of the tours, it would be recommended to purchase them online and reserve a tour. You will take a gamble on getting a tour when you show up. There are only 3 barge tours and they are really great to experience.

      1 · January 13, 2014

    • Patti A.

      Thanks, Greg and Tim. We'll go ahead & get them on line then.

      January 14, 2014

  • Mark S.

    My family is doing the 9:30 bus tour.

    January 13, 2014

  • Christy

    Has anyone that suffers from motion sickness been to this? How did you do on the barge?

    December 28, 2013

    • Greg D

      It isn't too bad. I would be more concerned with staying dry and warm.

      December 28, 2013

    • Tim L.

      It is a barge and on a lake. As long as the weather is not too windy, the boat ride should be a lot of fun. If you are prone to motion sickness, take a Dramamine before boarding.

      January 13, 2014

  • Patti A.

    Roy & I plan on attending, but we will be there after 9am. Really looking forward to it!

    1 · December 30, 2013

  • Mike C.

    I missed the event last year, but I though I remembered seeing something about a boat tour is that still available or am I mistaken?

    December 25, 2013

    • Mike C.

      I will get a ticket for the 7:30 barge and hopefully we will get some birds in flight

      December 28, 2013

    • Dee

      Sounds good!

      December 28, 2013

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