Torva Terra LLC | Conowingo Workshop

Torva Terra Workshops

Conowingo Excursion

Conowingo Dam, Maryland


The Conowingo Dam is a hidden birding hotspot on the Susquehanna river at the border of Pennsylvania and Maryland. While not many know of this location, it is hailed as the best spot on the east coast to photograph bald eagles. The hydroelectric dam at Conowingo is massive and when it is generating it sucks riverwater and fish through the structure creating beautiful cascading waterfalls. The unfortunate fish are easy pickings for the large numbers of eagles, herons, osprey, cormorants, terns, gulls, ducks and other birds that gather there for the feast. A viewing platform for bird watchers runs along the river by the dam, perfect for photographing this amazing spectacle.

Birds in flight at the Conowingo DamBirds While there are birds year round at Conowingo, the best time of year to view the carnivores is during the winter when they gather to feast. The variety and sheer numbers of birds is amazing!

Eagle landing on the rocks in the waterfalls at Conowingo Dam


Small Group & Private Workshops

Torva Terra offers several options for instructional workshops at Conowingo Dam. Participants will be guided through the top places to set up and how to best capture wildlife at the dam. Topics will include: photographing birds in flight, composition, bird identification, storytelling with imagery (yes the eagles do fight over the fish while in flight),  and more! Participants are encouraged to bring a sturdy tripod and very long telephoto lens. All of the images shown here were photographed with a 70-200mm lens, however a longer lens would really bring you right in to the action!


Half Day Workshop - Sunrise to Sunset: $125

One Sunrise or Sunset session. Approx. 4 hours of shooting and instruction. 

Full Day Workshop - Sunrise to Sunset: $250

Photograph from sunrise until 11am, break for lunch, then meet at 1pm to shoot until sunset. Approx 10 hours of shooting and instruction.

Weekend Workshop- Two Full Days of Sunrise to Sunset: $500

Two Full Day sessions with the addition of a Photo Review session and dinner in the evening on Day One. Lodging and meals (excluding the review dinner) are not included.


To inquire or book your reservation now, Contact Kate.



Lone eagle on the tower at ConowingoBirds