“Hello!”, says the fledgling osprey. “Have you signed up yet for Doc Ellen’s Osprey Webinar this coming Tuesday? Please join me and my kin and Doc as we explore my family and our neighbors at Jordan Lake!”

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Jordan Lake. A study this morning in the process of molting in birds. To molt means the bird is changing out damaged and old feathers for a brand new set. All birds do this – in several different patterns. It just so happens that both the bald eagle (1st photo) and the Broad-winged hawk (2nd photo) do what is known as a sequential molt. They molt out the same section of flight feathers on each wing at the same time. Note that on both birds on each wing there are sets of feathers that are sticking out on the trailing edge with a matching set on the other wing. Not all birds do a sequential molt, it really depends upon the species. In this case it also helps me to know that the bald eagle is two-years-old. The Broad-winged hawk is an adult. The molt patterns do make them both look rather raggedy, doesn’t it! Oh and did you see the fish the eagle is carrying?

Uh Oh … Doc Ellen goofed … yes I did … The young eagle in this morning’s video was not a fledgling. I got home and started through my still photography – back to the sequence of the ospreys chasing the eagle into the trees beside me. Quickly realized that the yellow eye and the ragged trailing edge of the wing was all part and parcel of a two year old bald eagle. Sorry about that. Here is the first photo of the sequence this morning. The youngster is hollering about the ospreys.

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Jordan Lake, Haw River 16 minutes after the sun rose … I was tracking a male osprey as he came in over the dam and almost disappeared down into the shadows of the riprap and the sudden glare of the sun. I watched the osprey flare and snatch his fish and then the quiet morning exploded in osprey shrieks and great blue heron gronks. A large light grey shadow was closing in on the osprey. I don’t know if the heron had had an eye on the same fish as the osprey or that the heron took exception to the osprey disturbing his morning fishing. The osprey fled the river with his fish and out over the dam and the heron grumbled his way back to the riprap shoreline.