During the photography class this morning, we got a chance to watch this eaglet calmly, almost floating, fly past us. Always keeping an eye of all things happening at the lake, this fledgling bald eagle came by to see what was happening in his territory. What a great subject for my students! I thanked the eaglet for helping with the instructions.

Jordan Lake Neighborhood Raptors
The morning started off with the moon setting in a beautiful Carolina blue sky.
Then the eagles came by and then the ospreys.
First was Lady Lake, panting hard in the heat and humidity.
Then a bright-eyed 2-year-old harassed the osprey nest and arrogantly floated past me.
Dad osprey was showing his fledglings how to fish.
 I wonder what the fledglings thought of the tiny fish dad captured!

The first half of the slideshow is about one of the H&G Nest bald eagle fledglings making a successful fishing strike.
The 2nd half shows the 2 year-old bald eagle who decided to visit Doc this morning.  She was about 50 feet from me.
This is the 2 year-old in the video posted earlier today.
My little iPhone tries hard when making videos, but it can’t bring to you the stills that my Canon camera does.

2019 Bald Eagle Fledgling Summary for Jordan Lake
There were 13 bald eagle nests that produced 22 fledglings for 2019.
YAY!!!!
Here is a summary of the 3 nests that I monitored.
First Nest
fledgling Cacao
fledgling Caramel
H&G Nest
fledgling Light
fledgling Brownie
Ranger Cove
Ranger Gal
Ranger Guy

H&G Nest
Bald eagle chicks are hatched with their arrogance and aggression present from the moment of breaking out of the shell.
These are the 2 fledglings from the H&G nest.  Siblings.
They fought for dominance in the nest, and even though they only began flying 3 weeks ago, the desire for dominance is on display.
Upside down.  Inside out.  All over the sky they flew and practiced the skills they would need in 5 years in order to win a mate.