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#1 Benjamin DeHaven

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 05:07 AM

Hey all!

Is that an albino pigeon just above and to the right of the adult Bald Eagle? This is a small slice of what I saw today below the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River in Maryland. If you spot anything interesting in here that I might have missed feel free to point it out. I'm especially thinking Great Cormorant, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Storm-Petrels (I doubt it), Iceland Gull... And is that massive brown headless penguin looking thing left center of the image anything more than a juv eagle? I think if you click this at least one it will get bigger. Thanks and enjoy the view!

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 05:19 AM

Omigosh that's stunning, Benjamin! I could study it for hours! Thank you for posting this!
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 05:33 AM

I don't know if the pigeon is albino, or just happens to be all white.

I also see two species of gulls (don't ask me which ones), DC Cormorants, and that's either a young bald eagle or an ewok.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:58 AM

Holy moly what a Great Capture! Bald Eagles, Diffrent Species Of gulls! Man Talk about a Fallout in that spot! Nice photo!

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:13 PM

That spot always looks like that! Driving across the dam, you see that x100, at least! Hundreds and hundreds of DC cormorants, at least 20 or 30 GB herons at a time, thousands of gulls, ducks, geese, ocasionally swans, dozens of black and turkey vultures, and dozens of eagles. Makes driving across the narrow, busy, 2 lane bridge a bit hazardous, especially while towing a horse trailer!

I agree with white pigeon - not necessarily albino - but I thought the ewok was a shoebill, which would be just a leeeetle out of range! More likely a juvie bald eagle!

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:03 PM

Great photo!

Is that a falcon sitting with the pigeons, just above and to the left of the adult Bald Eagle? (Dark wing, light breast)

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:35 PM

Great photo!

Is that a falcon sitting with the pigeons, just above and to the left of the adult Bald Eagle? (Dark wing, light breast)


Pretty sure it's another DC Cormorant

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:58 PM

I have no idea why, but I always find it funny to see pigeons clumped on a rock just above sea level. They just look out of place.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 03:49 PM

i love this pic :)

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:59 AM

And yes, the white bird looks like a pigeon. I don't see anything super cool, other then the eagles and LBBGs though. Nice picture!

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:28 AM

Wait, LBBGs? Lesser Black-backed Gulls? Um, didn't see those... I'm going to look again but feel free to help me with this Where's Waldo... :)

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:03 PM

Ok, I am seeing between 2 and 4 larger gulls on the peak of the back row of rocks. However their wings don't look any darker than the Ring-Billed Gulls so wouldn't that make them Herring Gulls? I'm not seeing anything that I think is a Lesser Black-Backed Gull. There were one or two reported at this spot for a four day period including the day I was there and this was taken. If anyone can point me to a LBBG I would be very thankful.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:33 PM

the pic looks like a painting. pretty cool.. I missed a Wilsons petral and a few species of scoters the other day.. went to the park at the river at 11:30 AM day after hurricane, nothing was around so I left.. then I started getting reports that they were spotted 15 minutes after I left at the same spot!
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:42 PM

Believe me, I've been there, couple minutes to late to arrive, couple minutes to early to leave... The most painful misses for me at Conowingo along the Susquehanna were a Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Iceland Gull, Brant, all three Scoter, Leach's Storm-Petrel. Since Sandy I have added Black Skimmer, Red Phalarope, Common Merganser, Common Loon, and Black-headed Gull to my life list. All but the Loon were seen right here at the dam. Win some and lose some I guess. Oh, and if anyone can point out a LBBG I can add that to my list too! ;)

Side note, I'm seeing that bright disc in the sky today for the first time since early Saturday afternoon... For future generations reading these posts that's 6 days!

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