Visited Blackwater NWR today. They are still working and are expected to be completed in Jan 09. Most of the canals and waterways on the Scenic Drive are empty, no Herons seen. However we did see 9 Bald Eagles. Could not get close because most of the Scenic Drive is closed. Was informed that starting 1 Nov, they would open another section of the drive from 8Am-4PM daily. Would recommend if you are going to call ahead and get the status of the drive. This is a picture of two eagles, not my best, and even with a 500mm could not get close enough.