This is the first photo of two.
It gives you the view I had when I caught the motion of the immature eagle through the upper trees and snapped the shot.
The second view is a close up of the 1 year old as he hurtled through the trees.
He has a fish, and out of sight is the 3 year old eagle chasing him, wanting to steal the yearling’s fish.
I don’t know the ending – the chase was at top speed and quickly out of my sight.
I could sense the three year-old eagle’s hunger.
Even her talons were flexing in anticipation of a strike.
This black vulture has good reason to be worried: people keep leaving litter in his beautiful lake home.
I see the vultures as part of nature’s maintenance force.
I would hate to see what a world without the vultures’ uncomplaining work would look like.
Please share the work of the Clean Jordan Lake Organization and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Tell others of the concerns of the vultures, the bluebirds, the eagles, the herons, the ecosystem we call Jordan Lake.
The two-year old bald eagle was fishing in the fog on the river this morning.
I indulged my whimsy and let the fog tint my photo in blues – hope you like it.
Nothing makes a fall sky more Carolina blue than the flight of an eagle.
In this case it is a two year-old, going on 3 in January, bald eagle.
Note the symmetric waves of primary feathers beginning their molt journey – this is a two-year old sequence.
The eastern phoebe had been grooming when he noticed I was watching.
He fluffed his feathers even more and then seemed pleased I had seen the motion.