Mom osprey floated in over the north end of the dam and curved past the pine trees.
Instantly a fish crow decided to chase her from his territory.
Mom osprey only wanted a fish for her late breakfast.
Eventually the two of them formed a paired flight formation.
The fish crow escorted mom osprey until he felt she was not a threat.
He went back to his nest and mom osprey caught a fish and went home to her nest.
Shelter Osprey Nest
Mom osprey was incubating her eggs this morning. I think hatching is about a week away.
Mom osprey stood up and stretched.
Shook out her wings.
Looked around for any danger that might be approaching.
Repositioned the eggs under herself and settled back in to incubating the eggs.
This time it is PineCone Osprey sky dancing.
He held this hover over the Haw River in the riprap below the Jordan Lake Dam for 57 seconds!
Ace, the Daredevil Osprey!
In all the low light, incoming rain and wind that was starting to blow this morning, Ace put on a show.
Ace was flying a dangerous path down the length of the fishing pier.
He skimmed the top of the railings and dove immediately into the river after a fish.
He missed both the railing and the fish.
a different aggression
I have seen eagles chase ospreys and other eagles, trying to get their fish.
I have seen fledgling ospreys chase each other trying to get the other’s fish.
Today I watched 2 adult male ospreys, over the Haw River, below the dam, get into a chase.
I don’t know what started the chase.
There is not an osprey nest anywhere close by the dam so I don’t think nest protection was the basis.
These two tumbled and rolled and screamed above the riprap and up and out over the dam toward the lake.
You never know what you will see at Jordan Lake!
The male osprey Ace at the Haw River below the Jordan Lake Dam.