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.
Jordan Lake Bald Eagles
I found myself laughing about this photo that I made yesterday at the dam.
Thought it would be good to pass the laughter along on this grey winter day!
The immature bald eagle apparently got tired of the adult eagle yelling.
Bald Eagle Death Spiral
As they mature at the age of 5, Bald Eagles use the Death Spiral to determine the fitness of a potential mate.
The sky challenge is there to prove to each eagle that the other one is just as arrogant, assured, and fit as the other.
The eagles clasp each other’s talons and dare the other one to let go first.
The difference in the size of the smaller male to the larger female causes the birds to spiral around their axis.
Sometimes, the drive to win is so strong that the hold is not broken and the birds crash into the ground or the water.
Immature eagles practice this maneuver all the time. In this case it is a pair of four-year-old bald eagles.
Death can occur. These two immature eagles broke the clasp just as they got to the tree line.
The cove suddenly erupted in Mom Kate’s high pitched angry alarm calls.
This time the intruder was another bald eagle.
I looked toward the main lake and there was Petruchio making a high speed dash for home.
Dad Petruchio had a fish for his family.
The two-year-old bald eagle wanted to steal the fish.
The dash was on as both raced toward the nest.
Eventually there were two two-year-olds and a three-year-old trying for the fish.
Petruchio made it to the nest and the screams continued.
Finally he and Kate stand side by side and watch the intruders fly out.
This 2-year-old bald eagle was puzzled and determined.
He knew there had to be fish in the water below.
He was certain of that … or maybe not. Apparently not.
After this single long hard look, he eased back into forward flight and went down the river.