Loch Raven Reservoir

To grow as a photographer I have been watching how others tell stories with their cameras. Photographer John Carr has been observing a pair of bald eagles on Oak Island, Oregon and he recently featured some shots of them on, John Carr Outdoors.

John takes excellent photographs and I enjoy the coverage of his hiking excursions in the Pacific Northwest. I have plans to leave Baltimore County next year, but I’ll stick to  telling you stories from Maryland for now.

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Bald eagle at Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland – April 29, 2015

The bald eagles at Loch Raven Reservoir have always been a primary focus of attention for me. There are always a few eagles present, but in the winter the number of eagles swells with the migration season.

We are currently in the nesting season, and of the two bald eagle nests at Loch Raven that I know about, only one is active this year.

In the Mid-Atlantic region bald eagles can lay their eggs in late February, but I suspect the pair currently nesting at Loch Raven held their eggs until early April.

I don’t want to give the exact coordinates of the active nest, but I will say that it is on the eastern bank and north of the power lines.

Although there are unobstructed views of the nest from the western bank, you’ll need a powerful lens on the order of a 600mm to capture details.

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Bald eagle at Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland – April 29, 2015

If you are shooting with a less powerful lens, like me, I suggest drifting by it in a boat. I was able to do that recently and captured some shots of the female eagle on nest duty.

The wind was calm and I was able to listen for the sound of chicks, I didn’t hear any and that is why I suspect that they are still incubating. Even if they laid their eggs late, they should be hatching very soon.

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Bald eagle at Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland – April 29, 2015

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Bald eagle at Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland – April 29, 2015

The male eagle was nearby and I got a few shots of him departing the area. I also had a chance encounter with a belted king fisher and I used the boat to creep up on some turtles that were basking in the sun.

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Belted kingfisher at Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland – April 29, 2015

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Belted kingfisher at Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland – April 29, 2015

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Red-eared sliders at Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland – April 29, 2015

 

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Red-eared sliders at Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland – April 29, 2015

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Northern red-bellied cooters at Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland – April 29, 2015

 

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Northern red-bellied cooters at Loch Raven Reservoir, Maryland – April 29, 2015

Loch Raven Reservoir has too much wildlife to cover in one post and I promise another on it soon.

 

 

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