Where Did My Conowingo Eagle Photos Go?


Oh my gosh, I just found photos of young eagles on my second SD card in the camera that I did not even know it was cataloging. While none are as good as previous images, I was still glad they popped up to review.I thought I set the camera to the first card RAW, with the second card to jpg, but rather it was set to jpg overflow and I did not realize the first card was full.

The first card was still loaded with images from Scotland that I did not erase or even save to the computer. I did not know that card had any images until I went to erase the first card and forgot to put it back in. Over 800 images from my trip to Conowingo a few weeks ago were on that card.


Sometimes I change settings on the camera by accident and I think that is what happened. Pushing certain buttons on the fly, then clicking the right or left arrow by rote gets you into settings trouble if not watching what you are doing. I do this all the time with changing from RAW to jpg fine, normal or low quality. The button is right below the button to change ISO and not paying attention, changes the wrong thing.


It almost was like a Christmas present getting more eagle photos. I just love taking photos of eagles.


I am headed to Conowingo again really soon with a Tameron 150-600mm, G2 lens and 1.4 tele-converter. My Nikon 80-400mm lens is more costly and likely a much better lens, but I do want to use the 150-600mm lens seeing decent photos coming from Conowingo on Facebook.

All my eagle photos so far were taken with the 80-400mm. I have never been fair to that lens. It really is a great lens and I grouse on it often. I am not even sure why, but it took me a while to master using it hand-held. But now that I shot often. with it, I don’t fear getting a bit more lens on those eagles.


Quite a few photographers were using the new Nikon D500 DX. I was surprised to see that. I saw less D4 and the newer D5 which are far better cameras than the D500 or what I have in the D750. When I get back, I will post my review on the Tameron lens. Camera reviews are some of my most viewed posts on GWGT. Amazing to think a “garden blog” gets a lot of photography attention.

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20 Responses to Where Did My Conowingo Eagle Photos Go?

  1. Isn’t it a bonus when we discover images we’ve forgotten about – — never knew were on a chip? Thanks for sharing the story and the photos!!!

  2. David says:

    Very nice photos. I really like my Nikkor 80-400mm and my only complaint is the weight. I haven’t figured out yet how to make best use of it. It seems like I mostly take it out every now and then for a change of pace but then just use it for close-ups. Effective, but seems like such a waist.

    • donna213 says:

      I have no real issue with the weight and hold it all day for these eagle shoots. The 150-600 does weigh more, but not so much that it will be impossible to shoot with it. I have been shooting gulls for practice. I am taking a tripod though since it will be three long days of shooting. The 80-400 is coming along too. I never use either lens for closeup work though, only birds and wildlife animals.

  3. Wow! These photos are amazing, too!

  4. Looking forward to your Tameron 150-600mm review. Can that be hand-held? Great eagle shots.

    • donna213 says:

      Me too. I hope I can handle it since I like to shoot handheld. It is not too, too heavy, but the keeping it steady may be my problem. I was shooting gulls and found keeping it from moving was difficult. It has Vibration Reduction, but I never use that on my other lenses, but will on this one. It helped with gulls. I am taking a tripod though, since I may get tired of holding it for 8 hours.

  5. aussiebirder says:

    Amazing captures Donna! I use a 100-400 hand held, its a challenge, but it gets the moment where a tripod won’t. I find tripods too cumbersome when out in the bush. My main problem is the weight of the glass and steel lens, it certainly strengthens one’s wrists.

    • donna213 says:

      Thank you, Ashley. That is why I don’t use a tripod often, I would miss too much. I need to move around. I know my images would be sharper with a tripod though. You are right, getting in the brush with a tripod is difficult. I have used a monopod, but I find more movement with that than hand holding it.

  6. alesiablogs says:

    Surprise but a good one!!

  7. Bill says:

    Beautiful shots Donna, I hope you have better luck with the Tameron 150-600 G2 than I did, I returned it. I couldn’t get a sharp shot from it, maybe it was me. I tried it on a D500 and D810. Back to my Nikon 200-500. Good luck at Conowingo, looking forward for your shots.

    • donna213 says:

      I hope so too, Bill. I saw so many eagle shots coming from Conowingo using this lens and the D500 that were amazingly sharp, so I thought to give it a try. I went out for gulls in flight and at first I did find it hard to focus. Then I got steadier myself, even though it is heavier to hand hold. Fingers crossed that it works good for eagles. I do know having the shutter speed high and the ISO higher helped.

  8. Phew! that IS a bonus!Like the catch in the last photo.

  9. Tiny says:

    Stunning captures!

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