How much weight for your mass can you carry? And fly, at the same time?
This male osprey weighs about 3 to 3.5 pounds.
The largemouth bass weighs about 2 pounds.
It is utterly mind-bending every time I see an osprey fly past with a large fish.
Think on it: I couldn’t walk up a hill carrying more than half my own weight. Hmm…
Jordan Lake Fishing Free-For-All
I was busy this morning and hardly knew which bird to follow!
There were fish schooling and the ospreys and cormorants had found them.
Cormorants would pop up, swallow their fish and dive, again and again.
Ospreys lined up like planes on a runway and zipped down to fish almost on top of the cormorants!
Don’t miss the fish that got away, to the right of the osprey, in the 2nd photo!!
The fledgling bald eagle chases father osprey and tries to get the osprey to drop its fish.
Then dad Hershey changes the game.
This time it is PineCone Osprey sky dancing.
He held this hover over the Haw River in the riprap below the Jordan Lake Dam for 57 seconds!
Ace, the Daredevil Osprey!
In all the low light, incoming rain and wind that was starting to blow this morning, Ace put on a show.
Ace was flying a dangerous path down the length of the fishing pier.
He skimmed the top of the railings and dove immediately into the river after a fish.
He missed both the railing and the fish.
a different aggression
I have seen eagles chase ospreys and other eagles, trying to get their fish.
I have seen fledgling ospreys chase each other trying to get the other’s fish.
Today I watched 2 adult male ospreys, over the Haw River, below the dam, get into a chase.
I don’t know what started the chase.
There is not an osprey nest anywhere close by the dam so I don’t think nest protection was the basis.
These two tumbled and rolled and screamed above the riprap and up and out over the dam toward the lake.
You never know what you will see at Jordan Lake!