Bald Eagle Portrait ???
I know, I know!
Bald eagles are supposed to be arrogant and imperial …
but somehow, the mustache just doesn’t help with first impressions.
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.
How to successfully run the riprap of the Haw River and catch your breakfast.
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.
I was out checking nests today. Didn’t see any parent birds.
But, in one of the coves this 2-year-old bald eagle showed up.
He came zooming out of a bend in the cove, made a low pass over the water, but didn’t fish.
With a lot of momentum, he headed for a landing up in a tree.
Oops. He grabbed the branch but hadn’t lost enough speed and couldn’t stick the landing.
My next shot of him was very blurred as he fought to stay on the branch but ended up flying away. I deleted that photo.