Need help identifying a bird I saw today. I was driving along Jordan Lake, near Chapel Hill, NC. A large bird flying over the lake folded its wings in slightly, and glided down, in a slight partial spiral, to the lake surface and grabbed a fish. I'd guess I was about 200 feet away.
I've seen eagles and osprey at the lake. This bird was that size, with a very large wingspan.
Coloring: Appeared black; may have been dark brown.
Markings: White on the trailing underside of the wings, at least one-half the width of the wing, beginning at the body and continuing approx. 80 percent of the way to the wing tip. I didn't notice any other markings.
posted by justcorbly
on Aug 22, 2012 -
"Someplace casual and on the water" in Seattle ... which restaurant should I take a party of 7 to this coming Friday night that fits these criteria? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi
on Aug 10, 2012 -
Portland, Oregon. Bend, Oregon. Salt Lake City, Utah. These are possible destinations for my family as we embark on an end-of-summer roadtrip. Help us decide! [more inside]
posted by gracious floor
on Aug 1, 2012 -
My wife and kids are flying into Detroit for my grandfathers 90th birthday. They have never experienced Michigan in the summertime. I would like to find a nice lake to rent a house / cottage within a few hours of Detroit. We will only have a few days after the party so recommending Traverse or Ludington is probably not going to work without feeling really rushed. Can anyone recommend a lake / area within a few hours of Detroit where my wife can experience the beauty that is Michigan?
posted by jasondigitized
on Jul 2, 2012 -
Anyone have any idea of the percentage of natural lakes vs. man-made in the United States? My google-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza
on Jun 16, 2012 -
Can you tell me about this large reservoir just east of Mexico City, apparently called Lago Nabor Carrillo? [more inside]
posted by brightghost
on Jan 6, 2012 -
Trying to find a movie I saw as a kid on HBO in the 1980's. I believe it was set in New Zealand and involved recovering a plane, carrying gold, that had crashed into a lake. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus
on Jan 2, 2012 -
How can you tell where water came from? Lets say I give you a bucket of water taken from a local water source (river, lake, etc). There's some plants and maybe a fish in it as well. What could you tell me about where this water came from, could you pinpoint which body it came from, and how would you come to this conclusion? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk
on Dec 1, 2011 -
We're getting married! Hooray! Now, we just need to find a place to have the wedding... help us rent the waterfront venue of our dreams! [more inside]
posted by anotherthink
on Aug 28, 2011 -
I'm flying down to Salt Lake City as part of the installation team for an interactive sculpture that's going into the Leonardo. We'll be there about three weeks. I'm generally vegan at home and vegetarian/ vegan out of the house. [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet
on Aug 20, 2011 -
Looking for a nice accessible vacation spot in Quebec or Ontario - forest, lake, canoes. Must be a hotel or at least have locked doors and food nearby on foot. Most important: I have to be able to get there without a car! [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit
on Jul 28, 2011 -
We are off to Lake Tahoe this weekend and we're bringing our dogs
. Does the green have any tips or experience for the long drive (3 hours) or secret canine friendly haunts on the south shore?
We thank you as do the puppies.
posted by duckus
on Oct 1, 2010 -
Does anyone have any recommendations for fall car-camping spots on a lake in the mid-Atlantic/northeast region? Bonus points for dark sky areas. [more inside]
posted by ruwan
on Aug 19, 2010 -
Going' To A Cabin In Maine For A Week -Filter: So it looks like I'm spending a week in Palermo, ME at a friend's cabin by the lake. What did you wish you did during your rustic cabin adventure? What did you wish you brought? Tips for surviving or enjoying? Fun stuff to see in the area or places or food that can't be missed? Fun things to do with your SO along? We'll have a bike, a car, running water and some limited internet access. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk
on Aug 10, 2010 -
Recommend a place to stay - tonight! - on the Michigan lakeshore. [more inside]
posted by mai
on Jul 16, 2010 -
Can anyone recommend a swimming spot within a hour and a half drive of Toronto? (that will allow our elderly dog). One that wouldn't be overly crowded on a week day? I burn pretty easily, so some shade would be great, too. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat
on Jul 8, 2010 -
Heading to Milpitas Monday with my husband. Next Friday afternoon, we're planning to drive up to South Lake Tahoe, where we have a hotel, and then explore the Yosemite area Saturday and Sunday before driving back Sunday evening.
Doable? Suggestions, recommendations? And what clothes should I bring--I want to pack one bag and get the most wear out of it for the entire week.
posted by misha
on Jun 18, 2010 -
What are the best places to park near Lake Michigan in Chicago?
By best I mean free (or very cheap) and not far away (don't want to spend the dog walking time walking to the Lake). The area I had in mind was south of the loop to Hyde Park maybe. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
posted by blairsyprofane
on May 14, 2010 -
Looking for a cabin for two on Lake Michigan, preferably the Wisconsin side. Does anyone have any specific recommendations? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis
on Dec 17, 2009 -
i'm driving from nyc up to forked lake in the adirondacks tomorrow morning, following a pretty direct path from the city. can someone recommend some nice stops along the way and/or a nice drive that digresses from google's? [more inside]
posted by yonation
on Aug 21, 2009 -
Trying to rent a sail or motor boat on lake como in Italy. Preferably near mid-lake as I'm staying in varenna. Just looking for a small 2-3 seat sailboat ideally.
posted by patrad
on Aug 4, 2009 -
Impress a girl in Dallas? This weekend I'm going to Dallas to pick up a girl at the airport and I need some ideas (locations) to impress her. She loves parks and water...so I was thinking of taking her there for a while. I would also like places in Dallas that have an awesome view (from up high)...even a roof top garden (if you knew of one). I'm open for ideas...Do you know of any cool parks near water that are beautiful?
posted by 4chrisd
on Mar 17, 2009 -
UKFilter: Planning a camping trip to the Lake District in October looking for suggestions and recommendations of places to stay and things to do. [more inside]
posted by Elmore
on Sep 25, 2008 -
Where can I go for an inexpensive, lake-enriched overnight escape from Minneapolis? [more inside]
posted by lunasol
on Aug 1, 2008 -
I know nothing about boats, but I'll be buying one soon and have narrowed it down to two styles. Help me make a choice. [more inside]
posted by justgary
on Jun 11, 2008 -
I want to plan a trip for my bf's birthday. I live in TEXAS and want to find a cool cabin that sleeps at least 6 people with access to fishing. I would prefer a secluded area where he and his standoutish tattooed buddies can be noisy and not have to deal with neighbors or uptight rednecks.. [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith
on Mar 10, 2008 -
I'm driving from Austin to Salt Lake City the last week of April and need suggestions on things to do, see, stay, eat and drink. All suggestions and ideas are appreciated as I've never been there before! [more inside]
posted by jenlyn1123
on Mar 3, 2008 -
I grew up in the California Central Valley - so I know nothing about ice. Now I'm in the Midwest. My question is: How do I know when it's safe to walk on a frozen river or lake? [more inside]
posted by crapples
on Dec 24, 2007 -