Jordan Lake, Haw River: Doc Ellen’s Palette, where the 12-year-old child in me looks at the world a wee bit differently. Bald Eagle Fledgling in Black and White. And, oh so well camouflaged – look for the very black beak!
Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River, October 2, 2020. It was a big bird day: a fledgling bald eagle over head. It was a little bird day: a red-breasted nuthatch in flight. Migratory update: I last saw the Kirtland’s warbler at noon on Wed. at the dam, did not see her Thursday or Friday. I have been watching palm warblers and Cape May warblers in the same area. Most likely the Kirtland’s has headed on towards the Bahamas – I hope her flight goes well!
Jordan Lake, Haw River: Oh Joy!!! The fledgling bald eagle was going to land very, very close. I concentrated. Snapped a photo and got the moment of intent just before the landing. The fledgling disappeared into the boughs of oak leaves. I waited. Then I waited some more figuring he would get hungry and fly out. 1 hour and 20 minutes later I was still waiting, and, had to leave for an appointment. The youngster won the patience round, by default! Ah, well, I did get us a great look at his precise landing. Did you notice the set of talons he has???
I photographed this fledgling yesterday morning. I recognized that the eaglet was one of this year’s fledges … but I didn’t think it was from Jordan Lake as some of our chicks are about ready to fly, but haven’t yet. So I asked for input from one of the eagle experts I know and he suggested that perhaps it had explored it’s way here from Florida as the breeding cycle there is a couple of months ahead of here in NC. It is not unusual for bald eagles to cover more than 200 miles/day when they are out seeing the countryside!
This eaglet was hatched about 10 months ago here at Jordan Lake. Great to see it successfully fishing!