Having chased off a territory rival, this immature great blue heron lands back at his favorite fishing site.
And waits for some other heron to challenge his position.
Arctic in flight above Jordan lake.
Each day Arctic’s eyes lose more of their baby softness and gain more of the adult fierceness. As I watched Arctic soaring above me this morning, I thought about the eaglet that was lost and the eaglet that was saved yesterday, here on Jordan Lake. Raptors of all sorts face a very challenging life even before they are hatched. So few of these top predators make it through the first year of life. The male sibling that was lost yesterday is mourned. The female sibling, Lil E, is getting a chance to make it to that first celebration of her hatching and the chance is given by rescuers, rangers, veterinarians and staff. The greatest Gift however, that will sustain her journey, is the love, concern and hope of all who have watched her from the moment she was laid. May all of the Creator’s world gather strength from the hope of Lil E’s community. doc ellen.