|A bit of fall color near the Conowingo Dam Visitor Center|
When we reached the Dam, we drove over it and then back again, and that got us our first view of a Bald Eagle not far off over the river. Cheers! We decided to drop in at the Visitor Center to find out where the eagle viewing was best.
We had a lovely chat with a visitor center lady who told us the dam has an annual Eagle photography contest. We took some time to view contest entries on a TV. The photos were awesome!
|I totally enjoy seeing the education exhibits; I'm a Visitor Center junkie.|
|Kirk heading from the walkway down to the waterfront viewing area|
|Fans of Eagles on the watch|
|An adult Baldie winging past the dam|
Fish in tow, the eagle sailed into some trees and there, enjoyed its lunch at leisure.
I got at least a couple of dozen shots of eagles and that was enough to teach me the birds were not easy to photograph. It wasn't that they were all over the place and moving at a fast clip, but I noted while the dark brown bodies tended to photograph well. the same was not true for the white heads, which tended to look washed out. I had no clue how to adjust my camera for that, so I came to appreciate the skill of those who won accolades in the Dam's eagle photography competition.
|Screaming Juvenile Baldie|
|Three Adults and three juvenile eagles - fish thievery by the adults was rampant|
After we left the Conowingo Dam, Kirk and I went to a couple of other birding spots. First we went to one where though we didn't see birds we did see this handsome fellow - can you see him?
|This handsome White-tail buck was certain we couldn't see him|
|Robert E. Lee Park|
There were tiny surprises along the pathway which took all my self restraint not to pick up - particularly when I noted a few that had popped open contained chocolate candy bars and other tidbits.
|The tots are carrying bags of candy |
laden not-exactly-Easter eggs
Kirk and I must have spotted a dozen or more 'Easter eggs' as we walked along the pathways and past the dam. Finally it became apparent the eggs were not left over from last Easter, but were meant for a particular group of children, at the park with their guardians.
We had a nice chat with a Park Ranger who recommended we hike the wooden boardwalk that traverses Lee Park. We went along the path for a bit, and of course, I didn't get too far. The afternoon was fairly chilly and it was surprising that the park was nearly bird-free. The only feathery park occupants in the park were a Tufted Titmouse, a Carolina Wren and one busy Great Blue Heron.
|Loved this Heron and its shadow|