Jordan Lake Fishing Free-For-All
I was busy this morning and hardly knew which bird to follow!
There were fish schooling and the ospreys and cormorants had found them.
Cormorants would pop up, swallow their fish and dive, again and again.
Ospreys lined up like planes on a runway and zipped down to fish almost on top of the cormorants!
Don’t miss the fish that got away, to the right of the osprey, in the 2nd photo!!
Jordan Lake: Wait! Hold on! Hey, I think you have my fish!
I caught up with the osprey as he was coming up from a fishing dive.
I thought it was probably a decent set of shots.
Got home and started looking through the set and lo and behold, there was more action than I thought.
A cormorant popped up behind the osprey and was looking for his fish.
I don’t think the osprey deliberately stole the cormorant’s fish. Ospreys don’t do that kind of fishing.
I think both birds went for the same fish under water and the osprey got to the fish first.
But I gotta say the cormorant sure looks woeful as the osprey flies off with the fish!
I realized this evening that I have been concentrating on water, water, flooding water everywhere.
So, let’s catch up with some of the other events in the Jordan Lake Dam Neighborhood.
While trying to catch the fog lifting above the long leaf pine meadow, a flock of double-crested cormorants graced the rising sun.
A fledgling bald eagle, one of this year’s babies, seemed to challenge the sun and flew into the east.
Here is an adult bald eagle, very intent on something way across the main lake, near where the Haw River joins the Middle Creek.
If her stout beak had not protruded way past the clump of leaves where she perched, I would have missed the female belted kingfisher.
And then there are the small winged creatures, like this common buckeye butterfly, that try to sense if I am to be avoided or dismissed.
A proper bald eagle scowl.
Usually I am the watcher. Today I found myself being the observed species by this osprey.
The tiny fluffs of feathers on each side of this double-crested cormorant’s head are his “crests”.
Only the mature double-crested cormorant has the crests.
There are none on the immature bird at the lower right.
This is a first for me and my camera – a great horned owl.
Truly a mouthful…for this great blue heron.
4 year-old bald eagle watching an osprey across the cove
osprey determined to get his fish to his mate
trio of red-breasted mergansers
lead bird is an immature male, called an eclipse phase
second bird is a mature female and the last bird is a mature male
close-up of the mature male red-breasted merganser
the red-breasted merganser trio taking flight
double-crested cormorant resplendent in its green black body and neck, accented by the bronze of its wings
the small trees and tall bushes edging the lake in many areas are full of the sweet calls of the song sparrows