BCPA 2017 Bald Eagle Photowalk, Maryland

Photographer:David Deng/Atlanta
Date: Nov 9th-12th, 2017
Reporter: Dongxu Shan

Bald eagle as the national bird and national animal of the United States, is a favorite subject of photographers. The members of BCPA have been travelling to the Conowingo dam, Maryland to photograph bald eagles for many years. Nov. 9th to 12th, 2017, twenty plus BCPA members traveled together to Conowingo dam again to capture the beauty of this nature wonder, organized by BCPA.

Despite the long drive, all the teams woke up very early in the mornings and prepared ready along the bank of downstream of Conowingo dam when the sky was still dark. The weather of that weekend was very cold, but the attractiveness of bald eagle fishing chased away the freezing cold in the morning from BCPA members.

(Sam Chen/BCPA)


(Sam Chen/BCPA)


(Guozhong Li/BCPA)

When sunlight broke the east horizon, the birds started hunting for food. The BCPA members joined hundreds photographers from all over the world starting to concentrate on eagle chasing. This was a challenging job. Though the eagles were not always fishing and there was a lot of waiting time, the unpredictable appearance of the fishing eagles and their swift actions didn’t allow anyone being distracted, or you would be regret of turning your mind away from the sky. From dawn to dusk, standing in the chilly winter weather for full day, only those bald eagle chasers knew where the fun was.   

(Dongling/BCPA)


(Grace Zuo/BCPA)


(Mingwei Li/BCPA)


(Dongxu Shan/BCPA)


(Mingwei Li/BCPA)


(Mingwei Li/BCPA)

Even for lunch, no one wanted to leave the site where a wonderful scene could appear at any given moment. All the teams were very well prepared, thanks to the tips from seasoned members in the team. Having warm lunch and dinner were more than needed, after standing in freezing wind for several hours.

(Jie Sun/BCPA)


(Sam Chen/BCPA)


(Dongxu Shan/BCPA)


(Dongxu Shan/BCPA)

You may ask, “Several hundred miles away from home, more than 20 hours standing in freezing weather, did all worth it?”

When the members opened what they captured on their computer screen, I was sure their answer would be “Yes!”.

The following is a small selection of member’s eagle pictures from the trip this year, what would keep them and others coming back to Conowingo dam in coming years:

(Kuan Deng/BCPA)


(Xiaoyun Wang/BCPA)


(Dongling/BCPA)


(Sam Chen/BCPA)


(Mingwei Li/BCPA)


(Lei Tian/BCPA)


(Weibo/BCPA)


(Jie Sun/BCPA)


(Dengwen Han/BCPA)


(Dongxu Shan/BCPA)


(Guozhong Li/BCPA)

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