Eagles Fishing at Conowingo

On our mid-November drive from Gloucester, MA to Silverthorne, CO for our winter sojourn, we stopped at Conowingo, Maryland. Conowingo is the home of the Conowingo Hydroelectric Dam on the Susquehanna River.  The shad fish (member of herring family) are often stunned by the rough ride thru the dam tunnels. Hundreds of bald eagles converge on the downstream river and pools to feast on the sluggish prey. I counted over 50 eagles circling overhead as I watched in amazement at the aerobatics. Adults, sub-adults and immature eagles would circle, then swoop in for a splash down catch of a fish and then air lift to a convenient spot on the rocks to enjoy the meal. Eagles can be lazy. They will often attack another eagle and attempt to steal a fish rather than fish for one on their own.

Eagle Thief

Eagle Thief

To view a triptych of an eagle catching a fish see below:

Lunch on the Fly

Lunch on the Fly

~ by richardseeley on December 2, 2009.

One Response to “Eagles Fishing at Conowingo”

  1. Hi Rich,
    Great –
    The Alaska trip descritpion and photos – superb


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