I was out checking nests today. Didn’t see any parent birds.
But, in one of the coves this 2-year-old bald eagle showed up.
He came zooming out of a bend in the cove, made a low pass over the water, but didn’t fish.
With a lot of momentum, he headed for a landing up in a tree.
Oops. He grabbed the branch but hadn’t lost enough speed and couldn’t stick the landing.
My next shot of him was very blurred as he fought to stay on the branch but ended up flying away. I deleted that photo.
The chase was on just above the Haw River.
The year-old bald eagle to the far right has a small fish in its talons that it just caught.
The 3 immature eagles behind the 1-year-old bird want to steal the fish.
There were a lot of bodies flying through the air as the one with the fish made a dash for the safety of the trees.
Alas, I don’t know if the youngster was able to hold onto its catch.
Around the bend from New Hope River came a 2-year-old bald eagle.
He streaked through a bright piece of blue sky at the far end of the dam.
Then he cocked his head up and to the right and I followed his line of sight.
I quickly understood why the youngster was in such a hurry.
The adult bald eagle looked down and to the left at the youngster.
Both eagles surged into high gear, the adult dove towards the 2-year-old eagle and they got between me and the sun.
I lost the rest of the chase in the glare of the sun, but could hear both eagles screaming somewhere down river.
an autumn Sunday morning looking down the Haw River from the Jordan Lake Dam
there are 3 adult bald eagles, 2 immature bald eagles and 3 great blue herons in the photo
living ornaments gracing the mists caught in the trees
two juvenile raptors: a big one and a small one at the Jordan Lake Dam
immature Cooper’s hawk
The late morning glare was bright on and above the Haw River and the light was frustrating me and my camera.
Then movement coalesced out of the glare and two bald eagles appeared.
A mature bald eagle was chasing the other eagle, a 4-year-old.
Between the glare and fast action, I didn’t realize the 4-year-old eagle was carrying a fish until I glanced down at my camera’s screen.
The adult bald eagle had been chasing the younger bird, hoping to steal its meal.