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Observations & Images
10 May 2006
Age of nestling(s) in days: 29

An Osprey related field trip kept me from the Refuge until sundown at which point I found the female Osprey hard at work feeding the nestlings.
The female takes a break from tearing the fish apart. Note the bit of fish stuck to her bill.
When dinner was over the nestlings settled themselves back in the nest. As with previous observations the past few days only two nestlings were seen.
Comparing the nestling here with pictures taken on 7 May show their bodies and feathers are filling out quickly attesting to the rapid development Osprey young are noted for.
This nestling spent some time stretching its wings. It will be interesting to see how they will look in a week.


A Yellow-Crowned Night Heron silhouetted against the western sky at sunset. Moments after this image was taken the male Pileated Woodpecker rocketed out of the nearby nest cavity startling the Night Heron causing it to fly off its perch. The Night Heron circled overhead then landed out of sight nearby.
The male Pileated Woodpecker settled in a nearby tree letting loose its loud, distinctive call.
The male surveyed the area then flew off.
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