I was hiking along the bank of the Neuse River in Raleigh and came across a family of 3 deer. Rather than running away like every other deer I’ve ever come across these deer stood their ground. We ended up at a standoff. He wouldn’t back down and I couldn’t continue down the path with
A large osprey scans the Neuse River near Raleigh for breakfast. Ospreys are different than most large raptors in that their diet consists mostly of live fish. These birds will patrol the Neuse River and Falls Lake for fish near the surface and then swoop down, talons-first, and pluck them from the water.
This hawk seems to have a permanent scowl on his face. There were two of them, chasing each other around and screeching really loudly. I could never get close enough to get a picture, but then on my walk back to my car, one of them landed right in front of me on the powerlines.
Right now, the Neuse River near Falls Dam in Raleigh is about a low as it ever gets. This lets the long-legged blue heron walk about anywhere they want in the river. Even when Falls Dam is releasing very little water, you can still canoe or kayak the river successfully from the canoe launch downstream.