Bald eagles are ALWAYS challenging each other.
The 2-year-old eagle wanted the same branch that the adult was heading towards.
The youngster flexed his talons, ready to land and push the adult aside.
No dice. The adult fended off the younger eagle.
Then the adult yelled his victory.
It takes a lot of nesting material to keep a bald eagle’s nest clean and insulated.
I am not sure which parent bald eagle this is, but he certainly has a large load of straw.
To collect the material, the bird finds rows of the straw on the shoreline or sometimes on a sandbar.
The eagle then flies across the patch, talons open, and snags the straw while flying.
Reminds me of a plane catching the tail wire on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.
The young bald eagle, right at a year in age, had caught a fish from the Haw River, right below the Jordan Lake Dam.
Then the youngster had to make a mad dash up into the trees if he was going to keep the fish for his breakfast.
The eaglet got to the tree branch with the fish firmly under his right foot.
It was a small fish and the youngster quickly tore it apart and finished all but the piece dangling from his left foot.
He was one proud-of-himself bald eagle!
The great blue herons are putting on their breeding plumage.
They glow against the dark rocks of the riprap.
Yesterday we had one Osprey at the Jordan Lake Dam. Today we have two.
Yesterday the osprey was a male and today the flier is a female.
I heard the osprey calling before I saw her.
What a beautiful necklace she is wearing!
With the longed for sunshine this afternoon, came the first Osprey of the year!
The sky dancers have begun to return to fish the Haw River below the Jordan Lake Dam.