Godiva, mother bald eagle at H&G nest, soared from the tree line and past me. Her mass easy to see…from the huge beak, through the vast bulk of her body and into feet and talons that show the grip that is said to be about 10 times stronger than the grip of a human hand! In other words those massive talons can exert up to about 400psi. Some grip!
Godiva was speeding down the lake when she suddenly pulled up vertical. Her mate Hershey was headed her way, also in a hurry. Godiva decided to challenge Hershey, possibly to a death spiral, but he wasn’t in any mood for the high stakes aerial. Hershey streaked over Godiva. Godiva was so mad she about stalled out of the air in her turn around to chase her mate. They both were quickly out of my sight.
Hershey and Godiva are one of the mated pairs of bald eagles at Jordan Lake. This morning, while Hurricane Dorian was still off SC and we were just starting to get some good gusts, Godiva called out to Hershey, challenging him to a chase in the strengthening wind. By the way, Hershey is the light brown eagle (he is named after the chocolate bar) and Godiva is the normal dark brown of a bald eagle.