Jordan Lake. Mom Godiva likes to occasionally have a meal of bird. You can see the water splash trail as the cormorant that Godiva was chasing tried to first run and take flight, but then decided the safest route was to just dive under. Mom Godiva was not happy that she missed. I am sure the cormorant thinks otherwise.
Jordan Lake. H&G nest. Dad Hershey collected a stick for his nest repair. Then a fledgling bald eagle wanted to see what the adult eagle was doing. I think that the fledgling bald eagle may well have been from the H&G nest this year. Dad Hershey most likely would not have tolerated an unrelated immature bald eagle that close and would not tolerate it by this December.
Godiva Tried Hard …
Jordan Lake. Mom Godiva, a female bald eagle, stands at the most about 3 1/2 feet tall. She tried valiantly to get the stick at the red arrows back to her nest. She carried it for more than 200 feet before it got away from her. As you can tell the stick is somewhat longer than she is tall. Bald eagles have a lot of strength.
Jordan Lake. H&G nest. Bald eagle parents guard their territory all year around. The breeding season here goes from about December 1 to June 1. However the parents are prone to starting repair on their nest if they see a stick that will fit in to whatever hole needs to be patched. Mom Godiva grabbed herself a fairly big stick, hauled it up to the nest and then went fishing and got herself a snack.
H&G nest Fledgling
Jordan Lake. H&G nest. One of the two fledglings was trying hard to look fierce and attempt to fish. She was way out toward mid lake and I kept hoping she would come in towards shore so I could get a better shot … maybe tomorrow …
H&G Nest has Fledged!
Jordan Lake. H&G nest both the chicks have fledged! In the last two days they both took flight. 1st photo is mama Godiva. 2nd photo is one of the fledglings coming in to land while Godiva watches it. 3rd photo is the Fledgling at upper right watching mama Godiva at lower left. 4th photo is Godiva to the left, fledgling in the middle and the other fledgling landed in the nest. Whew!!!