2017, November 18: Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam

The majesty of the American Bald Eagle captivates everyone’s spirit. A representative of freedom with their six foot wingspans and sharp talons, these birds of prey inspire us all.

During the wintering months between November and January, a large number of bald eagles are known to gather on the Susquehanna River at Conowingo Dam. Located on the border of Pennsylvania and Maryland, this is one of the best places to photograph them on the east coast. A large hydroelectric dam, the water action of Conowingo attract a wide variety of bird life including great blue herons, gulls, and cormorants along with the eagles. With the turbines running, shad fish are stunned making easy fishing for all.

There are many wonderful spots along the dam to view and photograph the eagles and provide a variety of captures include birds in flight, fishing and fighting, to a perched eagle dining on a freshly caught fish.

Suitable for photographers of all levels, this class will offer plenty of opportunity to work on capturing birds in flight, creating a story with your images, setting proper exposure for changing conditions, learning about bird behavior.

A DLSR with telephoto lens of at least 200mm or longer is recommended.

Class Limit:  10

What People Are Saying About Emily
“I had a great time at the class learning to photograph eagles.  Emily was the consummate professional instructor with just the right touch of technical, hands-on and encouragement. Her pleasant and relaxed manner made everyone there at ease and eager to get some great shots and spend more time in the future birding.” 

“Thoroughly enjoyed the class, Emily is a wonderful instructor and I learned a lot! I really appreciate her taking the time working with me on lighting and composition even though I had a smaller compact camera. I'll look forward to taking other classes she teaches!"

"Emily was terrific.  She gave explicit details re: camera settings, light, composition, and point of view.  She was very patient and gave individual attention.  I appreciated the opportunity to learn from her."

Instructor: Emily Carter Mitchell

Emily Carter Mitchell is an outdoor photography enthusiast well known for her bird, nature and wildlife photography. With over 20 years in the travel and hospitality industry, the sense of adventure and discovering lesser known destinations continue to inspire Emily’s photographic endeavors.

As a gifted photographer and avid birder in the DELMARVA area, time and patience has given her the insight in understanding the behaviors and characteristics of the avian world. Capturing a moment that expresses personality and a sense of humanity within the natural world brings one closer to nature.

Emily is a published photojournalist and her work can be seen in the Bay Weekly, on numerous book covers and smart device apps. Her blog, Hoof Beats and Foot Prints blog  is internationally recognized and showcases her beautiful images and insights on nature.

Emily teaches the birding, wildlife and the Adventures On The Trails classes for Capital Photography Center.