One Spot the male osprey came in and did a slow cruise past me and filled up my lens! I noted that his front was messy – he’d probably been feeding fish to his chicks and that can be a messy affair. He would probably stop in a few minutes and do a head to toe grooming as it isn’t the safest thing to fly with dirty feathers. Birds are more fastidious about cleanliness than cats.

Ace the DareDevil father Osprey took a calculated risk and dared the river waters flowing between the walls of the tailrace to go fishing.  He appeared out over the lake, flew over the top of the dam, without hesitation dropped in-between the walls, and caught a rather large fish for his chicks.  The fish probably weighs about 2 pounds … Dad Osprey weighs somewhere about 4 pounds.  Awesome feat of fishing!  GO ACE GO!!!
PS: the green tint to the lower right of the slides is actually the leaves of some grass between my lens and the action.

Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River:  Aa I photographed this bald eagle, flying towards the rising sun this morning, I found myself thinking about this afternoon and its promise of possibilities: the possibility to once again gather in small groups, the possibility to be responsible in our distances within those groups, the possibility to protect others by wearing our masks.  It is hard, as a social species, to be apart and not gather and hug and hold each other.  But, we humans can do what the bald eagle cannot: we can thoughtfully make decisions and then live by them.  I am waiting as patiently as possible – to know that all of you are safe and healthy. So, go into this afternoon, rejoice and know that this is a first step.   Peace and Grace, Doc Ellen