The bald eagle chick FLEDGED today! I watched him going up and down and up and down from the nest to the branches above the nest. Then he stopped, way up high, looked toward the main lake, quivered, and flew away from the nest. Oh, my!
Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River: This fledgling bald eagle has got the grab-the-fish-and-run sequence down pat. Note that she is carrying the large fish with only her right foot and still manages to do a great landing deep inside the tree branches. However, like bald eagles are prone to do, she yelled about her accomplishment … luckily for her none of the other eagles decided to accept her challenge!
Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River: I recently found out that this particular plumage pattern is called a “white belly” bald eagle. This youngster is one of this year’s fledglings. I see one or two of these white bellies every year. The eaglet will be mostly brown by the time it is a 3-year-old.
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???