Jordan Lake. 3 great blue herons were trying to share a section of the riprap while they were having brunch. These herons are always territorial even if it means trying to defend maybe 8 feet between itself and its neighbor. You’ll get to see that defense here.

Jordan Lake. Very occasionally I see an immature bald eagle think about trying to take a fish from a great blue heron. The juvenile eagle gets within about 6 feet of the heron’s long beak and backs out. I have never seen before what happened here. The adult bald eagle went after the great blue heron’s fish. Wow!

Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron

Jordan Lake. It seems this immature great blue heron is trying to see if he has a belly button. Birds do have belly buttons, however, by time they’re hatched, the navel scar is so tiny you would have trouble finding it. Alas, I’m sure this youngster won’t be able to see his own navel.

immature great blue heron

Jordan Lake. Follow up on the eel versus lamprey photos that I shared with you. The NC Wildlife Resources Commission is leaning somewhat more towards an American eel. The NC Museum of Natural Sciences scientists are more certain that it is an eel. Since none of us had the critter in hand it does leave open some questions but I wanted to share you what we knew at this point. Enjoy this video of the same great blue heron eating its eel taken with new camera!

great blue heron eating an American Eel