Bald eagles are ALWAYS challenging each other.
The 2-year-old eagle wanted the same branch that the adult was heading towards.
The youngster flexed his talons, ready to land and push the adult aside.
No dice. The adult fended off the younger eagle.
Then the adult yelled his victory.
It takes a lot of nesting material to keep a bald eagle’s nest clean and insulated.
I am not sure which parent bald eagle this is, but he certainly has a large load of straw.
To collect the material, the bird finds rows of the straw on the shoreline or sometimes on a sandbar.
The eagle then flies across the patch, talons open, and snags the straw while flying.
Reminds me of a plane catching the tail wire on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.
The young bald eagle, right at a year in age, had caught a fish from the Haw River, right below the Jordan Lake Dam.
Then the youngster had to make a mad dash up into the trees if he was going to keep the fish for his breakfast.
The eaglet got to the tree branch with the fish firmly under his right foot.
It was a small fish and the youngster quickly tore it apart and finished all but the piece dangling from his left foot.
He was one proud-of-himself bald eagle!
Rain and More Rain
Dad Hershey was soaked.
The two immature bald eagles just sat, hunkered down, waiting for the rain to stop.
I think that we are all getting tired of grey skies and winter rain.
Even this 4-year-old bald eagle is looking extra grumpy and very bedraggled with all of his feathers dripping wet.
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.