Ace the osprey had caught a small fish.
He then changed directions in the air to head back to his nest.
An immature herring gull wanted the fish.
Ace tried to hold on to the fish so he could feed his mate Amelia………
to see the full sequence of the struggle, please go to https://flic.kr/p/E3nQ88
WALK8648 03-06-16 @ 18-32-49 Haw River 03-06-16 @ 18-32-49 Haw

Yeah! The ospreys are back at the lake!
They have been spotted from north to south and side to side on the shorelines.
This male osprey has gotten himself a fine fish for his supper.

Osprey

I watched, amazed, as Hershey the smallest male bald eagle on the lake set his talons and took this huge carp.
Hershey weighs about 10 pounds. The common carp weighs at least 2 pounds.
Hershey never got the fish more than 3 feet above the water.
He essentially crashed landed on the shore and flopped over on the fish.
He stood up, jumped all over the carp, and eventually left the carp on the shore.
This is the only time I have seen any eagle take a carp!

Oft times the great blue heron appears to be grey.
As he successfully fished this afternoon, his shades of blue more than matched his name.

WALK8668 02-05-16 @ 16-52-49 Haw gbh fishing

At this point in the herring gull melee, the fish was the only one with his mouth closed and silent.
The lowest herring gull, on the left, is the one who caught the fish and then dropped it.
Ultimately, the fish won this round, after actually bouncing off the surface of the river and then diving for safety.WALK5861 01-16-16 @ 15-16-46 Haw fish escape