One section of the riprap at the Jordan Lake dam erupted this morning in gronks and growls and squeals.
Two immature great blue herons were trying to claim a section of shoreline for themselves.
Notice that as the flight continues, the birds’ necks get longer and longer.
Normal flight for great blue herons is with the neck folded back into their shoulders.
The heron with the most elongated neck is proving that he is better than the other.
One of the youngsters actually ends up having to fold his neck back up and drag his toes to maintain flight.
PS: the green and red smudges near the end are leaf fringes that I am shooting through.

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The weather was beautiful.
The visitors asked lots of great questions about bald eagles.
Many, many thanks to the Rangers and staff at the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area for putting the celebration together. A huge undertaking accomplished over the past year that sure gave a lot of families and friends a beautiful gathering at Jordan Lake.
The Coast Guard auxiliary rescued my posters when the wind got hold of them. I didn’t know the Coast Guard did land rescues – my thanks to them.
I had a wonderful time!

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