Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River, Friday, August 7, 2020.  The Haw River within the riprap was full of striped bass.  The ospreys were feasting!  This male osprey made quite a large catch.  To my eye it seemed that there was as much fish as there was bird as the osprey flew past.

Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River, Friday, August 7, 2020. The lake level is at 217.16ft. A very noisy raptor morning. You get to hear one of the ospreys tell the whole world there’s a bald eagle coming! There are ospreys everywhere here at the dam this morning – I counted at least six. I have seen two bald eagles. One of them – a juvenile – went through the video so you get to see it. My goodness what a start to the weekend. Take care, be safe, stay well!

Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River: As a veterinarian, I have a lively interest in anatomy.  An owl can do a 270° head turn without hurting themselves.  Most birds can get between 180° and about 200° rotation.  I think some birds are just more flexible than others … especially the raptors.  This is a fledgling black vulture, this morning at the dam, doing close to the 270° head turn of an owl.  The series starts at the upper left and goes clockwise.  The photo with the red border is the furthest reach of the turn.  Quite a flexible neck!

Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River: Great blue herons are very territorial, and are that way from the moment they fledge from the nest.  Each bird wants his share on the shoreline … and will fight to maintain control of the area.  The fledgling great blue heron tried to land on the shore of the riprap.  He was promptly flattened by a subadult great blue heron – about 1 1/2 years-old – who had a stake on that piece of property.  The ensuing fight was loud and quite aggressive on both sides.  The fledgeling is the one whose head is mostly a mottled brown and the subadult has a lot of white on his face and the beginning of the black striped cap of an adult.  Neither bird seemed worse for the fight as the fledgling, for the moment relinquishing thoughts of acquiring the piece of shoreline, headed for the opposite side of the river.  It finally got quiet on the riprap.

Tonight at 5:30 PM CBS17 is doing a segment on the Bald Eagles of Jordan Lake for their Destination Vacation. The meteorologist Melissa LeFevre interviewed Jordan Lake State Park Ranger Steve McMurray and Army Corps of Engineers Ranger Jon Bannerman for the program. I believe some of my bald eagle photography is also shown. If you miss the live broadcast, the feature will be on their web site later tonight at https://www.cbs17.com/news/destination-vacation/