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Bald eagles and Chesapeake Bay in Northern Maryland

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  • Conowingo Dam

    Conowingo Road, Darlington, MD (map)

    39.651581 -76.215561

  • Here are some more details: You can come and go as want. Saturday morning you can either meet me and others at the hotel I’m staying at or at the dam. I’m leaving the Comfort Inn at 980 Hospitality Way, Aberdeen, MD at 6:15 a.m. If you are in the lobby, we can carpool. Otherwise I’ll see you at the dam. Don’t go to the visitor’s center, we’ll be below the dam by the river at Shuresville Landing. There will be a lot of photographers there but Tony from Canon and I will pretty obvious.

    The dam is in shadow in the afternoon, so eagle photos aren’t too good. About noon I’m heading east on U.S. 1 to get some food at Mr. Y’s Pizza N Fries. Then about 1-1:30 over to Rock Run Gristmill on Stafford Road in Susquehanna State Park. There some cool pictures to be made there. I only plan to stay there about an hour and then I’m heading back to the hotel.

    At 3:30 p.m. I’ll be at the Concord Point Lighthouse in downtown Havre de Grace. It is a small lighthouse and there are some cool areas near it to shoot. Sunset is at 4:40 p.m., I’m sticking around for another hour to do blue hour and then some light painting of the lighthouse.

    I have a place in mind for dinner but I need to know how many people will be there. Please give me an accurate count, this is going to be a large crowd and we might not all fit in one place.

    Sunday morning will be the same as Saturday, I’m leaving the hotel at 6:15 a.m. and we’ll be done by noon.

    Canon and Induro equipment now available to use free!
    We have a special bonus for our outing photographing bald eagles at Conowingo Dam. Canon is loaning us a ton of big lenses and cameras and one of their pro reps will be on hand to help show you how to get the most out of the equipment. You’ve seen photographers with those big white lenses, now you can use one! We will have telephoto lenses ranging from[masked] zooms to 800mm f/5.6 plus 1D X Mark II and 7D Mark II cameras. The best part is this is free thanks to Canon!

    We will also have Induro carbon fiber tripods with Gimbal or ball heads for you to use compliments of Induro.

    If you don’t shoot Canon, not a problem. Just bring an empty SD card and we’ll show you how to use the Canon camera. If you are a Canon shooter and would rather use your camera, you’ll be able to attach one of the big lenses to your camera and shoot away.

    We will schedule each lens for 30 minute shifts for Saturday and Sunday morning at the dam. So you need to let me know you are interested and I will create a schedule. To sign up, please send me your full name, address, email and cell phone number. I’ll make a schedule and send it out along with where to meet at the dam. Deadline to sign up for the equipment is noon Wednesday, Nov. 30. Canon will have a form for you to fill out and you are responsible for the equipment while it is in your possession. If there is steady rain, we won’t get the equipment out.

    Let's go visit bald eagles and more! During this two-day trip to northern Maryland, we will photograph bald eagles, an intimate lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay during blue hour and explore a historic state park. Or you can come for one day and shoot whatever you like!


    Photographing Bald Eagles
    Each year over a hundred bald eagles gather at a hydroelectric plant as they make their way south to avoid the freezing lakes and rivers up north. Fish are sucked through the large turbines creating a great food source that attracts large numbers of bald eagles, great blue herons, gulls and other birds. There can be over 100 eagles buzzing the sky and grabbing fish out of the water.

    You'll want a telephoto lens, at least 500mm. If you don't have one, this would be a great time to rent one.

    The best time to photograph the eagles is at sunrise (7 a.m.) as the light comes through the valley making for great shots. After noon the dam is pretty much in shadow and the shots are tougher to get. There will be a crowd of photographers there, it is very popular and more than 100 photographers wouldn't be surprising. But there is plenty of room to shoot either at water level to catch the eagles diving for fish or you can be up on a hill and get action shots of them flying with fish in their claws and battles as mature eagles try to take fish from younger birds.

    This is the premier location on the east coast to photograph bald eagles.


    After we have had our fill of eagles, we can go to a nearby historic state park and photograph the old mill and other scenic areas. Late in the afternoon we'll gather near the Concord Point lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay in Havre de Grace to photograph the bay, lighthouse and town. As dusk falls, there are cool shots of the lighthouse and we will do some light painting to assure we have wonderful images.


    Then we will meet for dinner.


    Sunday morning we’ll be on location with the eagles at sunrise (7 a.m.) as the bird activity begins. 

    I am staying Friday and Saturday nights at the Comfort Inn at 980 Hospitality Way, Aberdeen, MD, but you can stay anywhere or commute.


    Join me for as much or as little as you want. There is no charge to attend this event and there will be photographers there who aren't part of our Meetup group.

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  • Sandy J.

    Hi Loren , I was wondering if its too late to say yes to tomorrow morning, Sunday 7 am. We had a Boy Scout Eagle Court of Honor today so I was unable to attend today. I am hoping to drive to Conowingo in the Am to see the other kind of American Eagles. If you say yes, I am up for it!
    Thank you SAndy Johnson

    Yesterday

    • Loren F.

      Yes. Come on down

      Yesterday

    • Sandy J.

      Thank you I will see you in the morning. Driving from south jersey takes an hour and 20 mins and a good cuppa coffee!

      Yesterday

  • Frank B.

    Hi Loren,

    Thanks for today. Had a great time using the big glass. Learned a lot of good tips too. Thanks to Tony also!

    Yesterday

  • Loren F.

    We'll be at the lighthouse in Havre de Grace at 3:30 and then dinner 6pm at Tidewater Grill

    Yesterday

  • Rhonda

    I'm not sure where everyone is either. I'm on the landing by the damn

    Yesterday

  • Frank B.

    Hi Loren,
    I am here in parking lot near dam. Lots of photographers here not sure where to find you😀

    Yesterday

  • Frank B.

    Loren,

    I replied last week that I wanted to use the canon lenses but my name is not on there.

    3 days ago

    • Loren F.

      I sent you a message, you are on the list.

      3 days ago

  • Kate

    I just signed up and noticed that the link for signing up for time slots for the cameras is not available. So I'm assuming that those spots are all taken. Do you have any suggestions for best places to rent a canon lens. I live in Philadelphia. Thanks.

    4 days ago

    • Loren F.

      Send me your contact info, I can still get you on the list.

      3 days ago

  • Becky L.

    Will we know schedule by end of week?

    5 days ago

    • Loren F.

      Yes, late Thursday or early Friday.

      5 days ago

  • Loren F.

    I added more details above. Take a look.

    6 days ago

  • Reta

    Just an FYI - I also work at the dam. If anyone is interested in touring it while there...cameras are allowed inside.

    2 · August 29

    • Loren F.

      That is cool, do we need to schedule it in advance?

      1 · August 29

    • Reta

      I can schedule it and give tour as long as I know how many want to go in.

      1 · August 29

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