There must have been more than a thousand gulls arguing, fishing, screaming, swirling and chasing each other when suddenly everything went silent and there were gulls scattering to all points of the compass. I swear this 3-year-old bald eagle laughed at the panic he had caused. He didn’t stay long before he launched and caused a second panic.

Jordan Lake: First Nest bald eagle.

Momma Kate took time off from doing refurbishing work on her nest to go fishing. I really like the contrast of the early morning dark reflections with her brilliant head and tail making her almost a comet as with power and magnificence she caught her breakfast.

 

 

 

Jordan Lake: Black Friday the Gull Way…
Gulls often try to steal each other’s fish and this can lead to some spectacular aerobatics. There are 2 sequences. Keep your eye on the fish … that is what each gull is doing too. In the 1st sequence the gull with the fish is an immature ring-billed gull. The huge dark brown gull that eventually shows up is an immature herring gull. In the second part, the gull with the fish is a ring-billed gull and the fish, ah, well, sometimes the fish gets a second chance.

Doc Ellen’s Palette (I don’t think I will ever entirely grow up…) I was chasing water bubbles, made in the waves by the passing boats, and simply seeing if I could stop the bubbles’ sliding motion. What I didn’t realize was just how much reflection of the shoreline I was also recording. In the bubble: that is the sun to the left, because I am looking south, and the shoreline I am sitting on and its tall trees cross the diameter of the bubble. There are even a few clouds to the right/north in the reflection.