Jordan Lake. The amount of energy expended by one gull chasing another gull just to try to steal the fish… You would think it would be easier just go catch your own fish. However, seabirds often engage in this kind of attempted theft. The fish won this round as it fell back into the river.

Respect. Respect the Bald Eagles of Jordan Lake. 50% of bald eagle fledglings don’t live to become a yearling. Why? They have to learn to fish, to feed themselves. When a person walks down the riprap below the Jordan Lake Dam, hoping to get closer to the bald eagles they can see, they push the birds further down the Haw River and away from the best fishing spots. The Federal Law states you must stay 330 feet from a bald eagle. Going past the marked distance on the map below (on either side of the riprap) pushes the eagles away from their food source. This is considered harassment. Please be patient. Don’t chase the bald eagles. Stop where I have marked on the riprap and let the eagles come to you. Give our National Symbol room to fish and to live.The photos with this posting were all taken from the banks of the riprap this morning, where I sat at the black arrow. If you want to read the rules, go to the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Act of 2007 where ALL the laws of the bald eagle originate. These laws are based on more than 200 years of study on the ecology of the bald eagle and not on a desire to get closer to them. Come join me, at the tailrace of the Jordan Lake Dam, sit, enjoy and watch like I did this morning while 9 bald eagles joined me between where I sat and the end of the rock riprap. Thank you for your patience and willingness to give the Jordan Lake Bald Eagles room to fish and thrive.

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. 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