Conowingo Dam Bald Eagle Photography Excursion
The Bald Eagles of Conowingo Maryland
One of the many things that we love to do is go on an occasional photo excursion. We do this for the adventure and challenge of the shoot. In this case, our only real goals were to photograph the absolutely stunning bald eagles in their natural habitat and in action.
Their location is no mystery. The hydroelectric plant at Conowingo Dam has long been on the forefront of the resurging Bald Eagle population on the east coast. Between the months of October and January, the Eagles spend considerable portions of their time fishing and nesting in the Susquehanna River on the lower side of the dam. It is common to see several Eagles flying over the water in pursuit while dozens more watch-on from the surrounding rocks and dam itself. Those numbers often surge to over 100.
However, the benefits of dam also comes with considerable controversy. Since the dam was built in 1928, its been the center of flood concerns. What is now the Conowingo reservoir on the top of the dam, has the former town of Conowingo, beneath its surface. In addition, when tropical storms or the increasing snow-melt flood the Susquehanna river, the flood gates are opened and the town of Port Deposit (several miles down-stream) has often been evacuated in fears that the dam will either break or be intentionally demolished. These and other environmental concerns create a juxtaposition with the raw natural beauty of experiencing the Eagles in their natural habitat.
Here some selections from a beautiful late fall morning on the edge of the Susquehanna.