Jordan Lake Free-For-All Above the Haw River
It only takes one fish.
Plus the desire of 3 immature bald eagles to steal that fish.
To make a fine photographic opportunity for me.
While the eaglet on the top right makes a dash for the trees, hoping to keep his fish.
Jordan Lake Bald Eagles
I found myself laughing about this photo that I made yesterday at the dam.
Thought it would be good to pass the laughter along on this grey winter day!
The immature bald eagle apparently got tired of the adult eagle yelling.
Bald Eagle Death Spiral
As they mature at the age of 5, Bald Eagles use the Death Spiral to determine the fitness of a potential mate.
The sky challenge is there to prove to each eagle that the other one is just as arrogant, assured, and fit as the other.
The eagles clasp each other’s talons and dare the other one to let go first.
The difference in the size of the smaller male to the larger female causes the birds to spiral around their axis.
Sometimes, the drive to win is so strong that the hold is not broken and the birds crash into the ground or the water.
Immature eagles practice this maneuver all the time. In this case it is a pair of four-year-old bald eagles.
Death can occur. These two immature eagles broke the clasp just as they got to the tree line.
This morning I saw the FIRST CHICK.
That is Dad Petruchio landing with a fish.
The chick is sitting in front of Mom Kate.
The chick is a spiky white fuzz ball with a shiny black beak, looking slightly to the right.
I have enclosed 2 copies of the same photo because it can be hard to see chicks at this stage.
The red arrow in the second photo is pointing at the chick.
The cove suddenly erupted in Mom Kate’s high pitched angry alarm calls.
This time the intruder was another bald eagle.
I looked toward the main lake and there was Petruchio making a high speed dash for home.
Dad Petruchio had a fish for his family.
The two-year-old bald eagle wanted to steal the fish.
The dash was on as both raced toward the nest.
Eventually there were two two-year-olds and a three-year-old trying for the fish.
Petruchio made it to the nest and the screams continued.
Finally he and Kate stand side by side and watch the intruders fly out.
So far, the news is very good at the two nests that had human intrusions!
Dad Petruchio bringing a fish to the nest this afternoon.
Mom Kate on the left and Dad Petruchio on the right.
Kinda hard to see Kate – wind was blowing and she was staying tight on the chick(s).
Mom Godiva hasn’t laid her eggs yet; that’s her on the right.
Hershey seems to be singing a duet with her.
You can see the nest to their right.
As always, this nest is the furthest reach for my camera.
Thought I’d give you a wider view of the nest and the surrounding trees.
Do you see Godiva too?