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Eagles at Douglas Dam

  • 03/05/2022
  • 1:45 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Douglas Overlook Way


  • Both members and visitors may register.

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SANP Field Event

Eagles at Douglas Dam

March 5, 2022 at 1:45 pm


Leader:  Dale Potter               Phone:  (865) 773-8114             E-mail:

Meeting place: Douglas Dam Overlook Way

Time: 1:45 pm

Registration available:  Beginning today

Let's try this again. Maybe the weather will be better.  Let's check out the eagles at Douglas Dam. We will meet at the Douglas Dam Overlook and then proceed to the River Way Road to setup.  The eagles will be feeding out of the tailwaters from the dam.  Most of the feeding will start later in the afternoon, but the start time will allow you time to set up and practice on some of the birds hanging out in the area.  The number of eagles will vary.   

You will want to bring extra batteries and extra cards in the event you are shooting in a fast continuous mode.  

While some photographers have success with auto ISO, you may find it easier to use your histogram and set your ISO.  Some of the automatic ISOs go very high and create a lot of extra noise.  

Capturing eagles is similar but different than sandhill cranes.  It can be a fun and enjoyable experience as you catch on to keeping track of them.

No, the eagle above is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  There are similar eagles at Douglas Dam.  It will take a long lens to capture them in the trees at Douglas.

You may want a tripod to rest your arm from handholding.  

Long lens will be needed.


Location Description:  

Douglas Dam Overlook at 1:45 pm and then we will move to the River Way area to setup. 


Learning opportunities:

This will give you a chance to try out your skills at photographing eagles while they fish.  There will be other birds in the area that you may enjoy photographing.

What to bring:

  • Your favorite DSLR camera and long lens. Extra batteries.
  • Bring cold weather gear.
  • Tripod can be useful .
  • Rain gear for yourself and a rain cover for your camera in case we have rain.

Remember to dress for the weather and in layers if needed.   


Driving directions:  Douglas Dam Overlook Way.  Use google maps for exact details.

Restrooms:  There should be some available

How to Find Me: Red Jeep Wrangler

Contacts:     Jerry Whaley, President       Julie Glibbery, Membership Manager       General Information

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