The North Landing River for much of its northern route through Virginia Beach is very narrow and covered with trees. It begins behind Kempsville High School and flows south eventually becoming much wider and emptying into Currituck Sound in Currituck County, NC. In its early days it was channelized by settlers and was a commercial waterway used to get products to market at Kemps Landing. In its southern parts several creeks flow into the North Landing as it becomes wider including the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, Oakum Creek, West Neck Creek and others. The North Landing River as it flows past the Honey Bee Golf Course at South Independence Blvd in Virginia Beach has become a gathering place, concentration area, for bald eagles. Why here? As stated above much of the rivers’ route is narrow and tree covered. But at Honey Bee most of the trees have been cleared and the river is well stocked with fish. Many bird species gather here – Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, various duck specie, gulls, cormorant, merganser, grebe and Bald Eagles. (an excellent reference – Wild River Guide to the North Landing River by Lillie Gilbert and Vickie Shufer)
Yesterday, Feb 24, was a typical day with five bald eagles showing up in the afternoon – an adult and four juveniles of various ages. That set the stage for some conflict and just which tree perch was the best for spotting fish. One of the juvies was wearing a purple band on its left leg, but not able to read the alpha code, so which one?? Here are a few photos I took of the action and the purple banded juvie. Photos copyright Reese F Lukei Jr. Click photos to enlarge.