Bald eagles at Conowingo

Event Details

  • From: December 6, 2021
  • To: December 7, 2021
  • Starting at: 05:00 AM
  • Finishing at: 12:00 PM

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Each year as winter is approaching over a hundred bald eagles gather at northern Maryland’s Conowingo 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.

Eagles are pretty lazy critters so they love when the dam has chopped or stunned the fish making for easy catching. The other lazy eagles wait for their buddies to catch a fish and then they try to steal it. The location is the perfect place to get great photos of eagles swooping down and pulling fish out of the water and then aerial battles. There can be four or five eagles chasing another one, it is a spectacular sight to see. They will also be sitting in the trees right behind us eating their catch. As they go from the river to the trees they fly right over you!

So join professional photographer Loren Fisher for a fun experience of photographing the symbol of America in a unique setting. Loren will provide transportation from Bridgewater, NJ, in his 12 passenger van and will make a pickup at Exit 8 of the NJ Turnpike. Loren has photographed the eagles numerous times and will help you get the best shots possible.

The combination of eagle activity and light direction makes morning shots the best. We’ll be getting there shortly after sunrise, which is fine since the sun doesn’t hit the river right away due the the surrounding hills.

We’ll leave at 5 a.m. arriving at the dam around 7:30 and start shooting right away. We’ll make a restroom stop on the way but it will be it quick. At the dam there is a public restroom in the pavilion and also porta potties for quicker stops but there is no food or concession, so bring whatever you need to eat before lunch. Usually by 11 a.m. the eagles are just sitting in trees and not doing much fishing and we’ll go into nearby Havre de Grace for lunch and check in at our hotel. After nap time, we’ll go back and see if there is afternoon activity, although the light is usually best in the morning. After dinner we can light up and photograph a nearby lighthouse with Loren’s big flashlight. Tuesday morning we’ll be back at the dam by 7:00 a.m., shoot through the morning and then head home. One night lodging is included in the price.

Why go on a Monday? Because on the weekends there are more photographers than eagles! The place can be packed and if you don’t get there before sunrise you may not get a parking spot or a decent shooting location. There will be plenty of photographers when we are there but it shouldn’t be a total circus.

It can be cold and if there is any wind coming off the river it will feel much colder. Be sure to wear layers, have a good pair of gloves and insulated boots. The van will be nearby so you can hop in if you get cold but you may miss a great eagle shot! We’ll go no matter the weather, unless there is a snowstorm.

You’ll need a telephoto lens for this. While the birds are pretty close, you can’t have too much lens. You’ll want at least a 500mm lens, 600mm is better and I’ll be shooting with an 800mm. If you don’t have a big telephoto this might be a good time to rent one. And you’ll want a study tripod, your arms will wear out fast if you are trying to hold a long lens. Using a gimbal head on the tripod is also suggested, you can also rent them if you don’t have one. It makes a huge difference. Loren will be happy to help you with any equipment questions you have before we go and help you set everything up once we are there.

This will be a great little trip, even if we don’t get great shots (we will), it is a tremendous experience.

Dec. 6 and 7, 2021

Limited to 11 photographers

Price, includes lodging
Returning clients: $375
Regular registration: $425

Fee includes:
• Transportation from NJ and local transportation
• 1 night single occupancy lodging at Hampton Inn
• Breakfast at hotel
• Photography instruction before and during the workshop
• Loren’s bad jokes

Not included:
• Meals other than breakfast at hotel

Deposits and Cancellations:

Full payment must be received 60 days prior to the workshop.

I must receive notice of your cancellation in writing, at which time I offer the following refunds:
60 days or more before workshop: Full workshop payment minus $25 credit card and handling fee.
59 to 30 days before workshop: 50% of workshop cost minus $25 credit card and handling fee.
29 or fewer days before workshop: no refund.

If you must forfeit your workshop fee we will refund your full payment, minus $25 credit card and handling fee, if I can fill your spot. 

No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a workshop. Workshops are sold as a package only.

If a workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of any money paid. But if the workshop is cancelled, LorenPhotos, LLC, will not be held responsible for your other expenses, such as airline ticket, hotel deposit or rental car, that may be associated with the canceled workshop. I suggest you purchase trip insurance to be safe.

What else you need to know

Once you register, you will be taken to a page that includes a Liability Release Form and an Emergency Contact Form that must be submitted before your registration is complete.

Questions? Email Loren at Loren@LorenPhotos.com or call 802-332-6611. 

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