I have been watching this 4-year-old eagle for more than a week. I love the plumage of the 4-year-olds. This one has piqued my curiosity. She is almost as light in brown coloration as is Hershey, the dad at the H&G Nest. I wonder if she is one of his offspring – but that I will never know. So, I will simply watch her and enjoy her brocade silk patterns.

 

 

This is the female bald eagle that was in today’s FB video post. She and I had watched the river for quite some time. Then I saw her attention shift to the river and I knew she was going to go fishing. Alas, she caught the fish behind some of the trees on the riprap. But, I caught up with her as she took the fish to a branch. It amazes me how a rather large, dark brown and brilliant white bird can almost disappear! Do you see the fish under her right foot, in the 3rd photo?

 

 

 

 

I was cold and had decided to call it a day. As I turned toward my truck, I saw an adult bald eagle appear out of the shadows that wrapped the Haw River. The bald eagle was carrying a large fish. She was also being chased by at least 2 other eagles who wanted her fish. The eagle was moving fast. The 11 photos in the slideshow cover the 11 seconds from when I saw this bald eagle until she passed over my head and headed out over the dam.

 I watched the 2-year-old bald eagle break away from the group of eagles that were squabbling down river. As he climbed upwards I realized he was going to intersect the contrail of a very high jet. I thought about how ragged the eaglet looked. He was still using the same flight feathers he had left the nest with when he fledged, and there were now gaps as the new flight feathers were beginning to emerge. He appeared to be racing past the jet and I cheered him on towards a third year of life.