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| p.2 #7 · L&D 14,...Eagles??? Question?? |
I would be curious to know how LD14 compares to Conowingo Dam in Maryland? I've seen some shots from that area that seem to be as equally close as LD14. I also think their season is longer that LE Clair?
Conowingo has tremendous action in November and December ... there are over 100 balde's ... someone counted 176 when I was there in December (no idea how she counted accurately, but I would easily believe it).
About 20% of the eagles will be in the trees across the river (~1000 yards away)
Another 20% of the eagles will be in the trees behind you (0 yards to 50 yards away)
The rest are sitting on rocks in the water that range from about 400 to 800 yards away
When there are lots of eagles (like in Nov and Dec and even Oct this year), there are lots of fights and close ups and fly overs etc ... you'll hear people all day saying things like "coming out on the left" or "coming down from the tower" or "talons down, coming in on the right". The action is very frequent and there is probably $500,000 worth of photography equipment on location
At this time of year, there are usually just the local resident eagles ... prolly about 10 adults and 10 juve's at a minimum (there is a nest in one of the towers) ... when the sirens go off indicating that the dam is about to turn on large or small power generating units, the eagles, gulls, GBH's etc. all start flying around waiting for the free food to show up (lots of dead fish from the dam). Other than that, you will definitely get photo Ops, but not as many hunting or fishing photos like in Nov and Dec and the eagles are generally hanging out 500 yards away from you. Fun to watch, but too far for detailed large print pictures
If you have a kayak, you can get much closer (without disturbing any wildlife).
shot of the dam here:
Phone number to get the generation schedule of the dam: