Jordan Lake. Follow up on the eel versus lamprey photos that I shared with you. The NC Wildlife Resources Commission is leaning somewhat more towards an American eel. The NC Museum of Natural Sciences scientists are more certain that it is an eel. Since none of us had the critter in hand it does leave open some questions but I wanted to share you what we knew at this point. Enjoy this video of the same great blue heron eating its eel taken with new camera!

great blue heron eating an American Eel

Jordan Lake. You got to the middle of the week, Wednesday, and then all of a sudden you find yourself off-kilter. I mean, just because the other great blue heron thinks that’s his section of the shore doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to at least fly by without getting in trouble!

Jordan Lake. The immature great blue heron found an easy source of fish this morning. Watch as he raids the absent fisherman’s bait fish supply. I’ve seen more than one young heron do this same theft through the years! Always fun to watch … until the fisherman returns and off goes the well-stuffed heron.

Jordan Lake. This morning two of the local great blue herons decided to have a face-off. Territory is always critical even if it’s for only about 20 feet of shoreline. The bird to the right is one of this year’s great blue heron fledglings and the bird to the left is older. The name of the game is to keep your beak higher up in the air than the other. The youngster eventually drops his beak closer to the water and the older bird strides off triumphantly.