L&D 14,...Eagles??? Question??
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kkennardis
Registered: Jan 08, 2008
Total Posts: 567
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Thanks again for all your help in providing information to prepare me for this trip. I am having a great time up here at L&D 14







USM IS
Registered: Apr 12, 2010
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Nice angle on that shot! Enjoy 14!

Mike



tpcassc
Registered: Jul 30, 2012
Total Posts: 57
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I may be a day late in posting but just arrived in Idaho after a few days along the Mississippi. We travel in a motorhome and began in St Louis heading North. As was said the counts at LD18 were high but even with a super tele you are too far for good shots. We happened along LD14 and were surprised by the location and most pleased by the people. The Mayor and Vice Mayor of LD14 (Larry & Burt) were most cordial. Wear warm shoes/boots as your toes will be cold.



burtcg
Registered: Feb 11, 2009
Total Posts: 172
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Tom:
Any eagles around Pella?



harshaj1
Registered: Mar 13, 2004
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burtcg wrote:
Tom:
Any eagles around Pella?


I went to Red Rock dam( Pella) on Friday (18th) .It was very windy. I went to many places known to have eagles but there were very few.
Harsha



Ted ellis
Registered: Aug 08, 2007
Total Posts: 21563
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Imagemaster wrote:
burtcg wrote:
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LD14 is the best place in the US to photograph Bald Eagles!


Despite repeating yourself, I guess you forgot about Alaska.


naw, NY city is the best!



jemkewl
Registered: Aug 26, 2011
Total Posts: 83
Country: United States

itchhhh wrote:
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:
http://md.water.usgs.gov/webcam/01578310/

Phone number to get the generation schedule of the dam:
888-457-4076



Ted ellis
Registered: Aug 08, 2007
Total Posts: 21563
Country: United States

jemkewl wrote:
itchhhh wrote:
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:
http://md.water.usgs.gov/webcam/01578310/

Phone number to get the generation schedule of the dam:
888-457-4076



This is the kind of post which may be in part be a reason why the eagle population dropped from 500 in 2007-2008 to 174 in 2012. Too many people. You want to spread the news, do so in an email or PM.

Oh...lets jump in a kayak and scare the eagles away. Better yet, go on the island.



Ted



itchhhh
Registered: Jan 31, 2012
Total Posts: 68
Country: United States

Thanks for the info jemkewl. I was alway curious about Conowingo and how it compared to LD14. It would "appear" that the eagles around LD14 are much much closer. In fact, I'd say that they can and often fish within 20-30 yards. I'm thinking of the channel between the peninsula where the trees that they perch on are at and the walkway alongside the channel.



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