You would think with her brilliant white head and tail, Lady Lake would stand out from any background.
I could see her, but my camera struggled with her brown wings against the green and brown trees.
Even the adult bald eagles are camouflaged … they often manage to stay hidden from both the ospreys who are fishing and me.

Jordan Lake Neighborhood Raptors
The morning started off with the moon setting in a beautiful Carolina blue sky.
Then the eagles came by and then the ospreys.
First was Lady Lake, panting hard in the heat and humidity.
Then a bright-eyed 2-year-old harassed the osprey nest and arrogantly floated past me.
Dad osprey was showing his fledglings how to fish.
 I wonder what the fledglings thought of the tiny fish dad captured!

I want to say Thank You for all the wonderful responses to my 2 new eBooks and to the interview with Frank Stachio on The State of Things. During the eagle lecture at the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area on Saturday there were all kinds of good questions and the sharing of each other’s interactions with eagles.  All of you helped make last week full of blessings and gratitude!

Lady Lake cruised past me, elegant and sure of herself.  
I didn’t see Heritage her mate but I am sure he was close by.


This bright American goldfinch was way at the top of a tree. Usually I see them in the tall grasses.


American crows, caught in the right light, are iridescent. This one had a bite of fish for his fledgling.


The male ospreys are working hard to feed their chicks.


Nests always need repair. Ospreys tend to like branches all twisted and with lots of forks.

WooWee!!! There is a CHICK at the LL&H nest.
As I have noted in the past, the nest of Lady Lake and Heritage is difficult for me to get to.
This afternoon with the help of State Ranger McMurray, we got a look at the nest.
I think the chick is about 2 weeks old.
Lady Lake in the nest.
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The dad, Heritage, coming into the nest.
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Just to the left of the main tree trunk, at the rim of the nest,
you can see the light grey form of the chick.
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You can make out the eye of the chick, as it warms in the sun at Lady Lake’s feet.
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Several times Lady Lake looked behind the chick we can see…
I wonder if there is a second chick? Bald eagles usually have 2.
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Eagle parents spend a lot of time simply watching their chicks.
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