Report (w/eagles) from Jordan Lake, NC

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Was near Jordan Lake this weekend visiting family. Got out to the lake for about 40 minutes on a freezing cold morning with the wind absolutely howling. Despite the conditions, saw numerous eagles - all immature, interestingly, as well as osprey, GBH, hawks, a pie-billed grebe and other birds. Definitely plan to make a return visit in better conditions.

Two immature eagles flew directly overhead before moving off to the south. Got one frame of them together, but it was too blurry. My hands were so frozen it was hard to make adjustments while shooting.

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This osprey flew over a couple of times. I think he got blown away and had to come back!
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Not a great shot of the grebe, but since it's my first capture of this bird, here goes:

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The location where I shot is not far off I-40, down Highway 751. If you're passing through, it's worth the effort.
 
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Thanks Gary. Given the conditions, I was pleased to get a couple of decent images. Probably saw six different immature eagles, including four together at one point. Other than the one flyover, they were all so distant I had to look at them through the lens to ID them. I guess seeing so many immatures is a good sign that the lake has a healthy breeding population?
 
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Thanks Gary. Given the conditions, I was pleased to get a couple of decent images. Probably saw six different immature eagles, including four together at one point. Other than the one flyover, they were all so distant I had to look at them through the lens to ID them. I guess seeing so many immatures is a good sign that the lake has a healthy breeding population?


I'd say that's a very good sign. You may want to clean the sensor/ lens on the first shot a few spots. I know I get them almost every time I take a picture of the sky
 
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