Around from the south end of the lake this youngster appeared.
He was watching something toward the north as he was flying toward the dam.
All of a sudden he realized he was on track to fly right over the two humans sitting on top of the dam.
The 90º turn he made so un-stabilized him that he had to drop his legs to regain balance.
We watched the jink in the air and continued to photograph as the eaglet bolted over the far end of the dam and out of sight.

Down the Haw River I watched as these two immature bald eagles got into a squabble.
The eagle to the right had just gotten knocked off the branch it was perched on, by an older eagle.
The eagle to the left seemed to resent the disturbance and faced off with the other youngster.
The encounter stayed a bluff on both sides and they both found new perches elsewhere.

I had been standing on the dam for some time this morning, enjoying the sunshine.
I turned to start back toward my truck when I realized that I was being watched.
The 4-year-old eagle was calmly observing me and I returned the favor.
We spent the next 15 minutes watching each other.  What a joy!
Finally a fish caught his eye and he made a long swoop toward the lake.
He missed the fish, made a swing over the east end of the dam and headed north.

The great blue heron was standing on the fishing pier railing at the Jordan Lake Dam tailrace this morning.
She was ignoring the rain but intently watching another great blue heron on the other side of the river.
Good thing my camera also ignores the rain, but I do try to keep it dry.
Now, as far as doc goes: my winter coat shed the rain and most of the cold, but I was happy to return to my truck after an hour or so.