2:57 minute slide show at https://youtu.be/YGkBBytfyJE
Ace the Osprey has a favorite perch for eating his fish that he has caught at Jordan Lake.
One of the security lights makes a perfect table.
The slideshow gives you detailed moments to enjoy his power and grace as he makes his approach and landing. Enjoy!
please let me know, good or bad, what you think of the slideshow, thanks

WALK7346 Jul 14 2015 @ 10-10-00 Haw River Ace Light Landing

This osprey fledgling had been chasing his father Ace when he decided to make a landing on the flat surface of the dam’s tailrace. The flat surface makes a landing tricky and takes a lot of concentration…

WALK8495 Jul 17 2015 @ 09-33-55 Haw River osprey fledgling flight

You just never know when an eagle will appear – or where it will land.
In this case the landing pad is one of the warning signs at the Jordan Lake dam.
The eagle balanced on the thin edge for four minutes.
My friend and I were still discussing the strange perch when a second adult eagle came up river.
The second eagle flew by the first eagle. Neither bird made a sound or seemed to notice each other.
The second eagle soared out over the dam and on to the lake.
The first eagle eventually gave up its balancing act and flew a very short distance – and this time landed in a pine.

WALK7499 Jul 14 2015 @ 10-40-11 Haw River eagle on sign

Ace’s body was halfway into the water when he realized the danger.
He began pulling up hard, fighting for altitude.
His body swung to his left and he got the left wing tip caught in the water.

Going from the bottom left of the photo:
The smaller spreading circular splash shows his trajectory as he almost got his body cleared of the river.
The next curve of bubbles shows where his left wing tapped the water and he began a half arc.
Finally he got straightened out and his body fully free of the river. Oh, my.

WALK6836 Jul 13 2015 @ 09-10-11 Haw River Ace fishing lure part 2