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Observations & Images
1 April 2007
Approximate age of nestling(s) in days: 4

The female Osprey watches warily from the nest where she sits with her young.
The male Osprey puttered around on various perches including stopovers in the nest before heading out to return with a fish.
Once on the perch with the fish he held his wings open to dry them.
After a suitable drying time he ruffles all his feathers which usually indicates he is about to make a move.
He flew the fish into the nest.
The female, at right, was grateful to get it. The male Osprey departed the nest as soon as she had the fish.
Here she can be seen leaning down into the nest to feed the nestlings.
The female settled back down in the nest after feeding. The male returned to the nest where there was either a leftover fish from an earlier meal or the latest fish was only partially consumed; either way he flew off with part of a fish in his talons. This was common behavior at last season's nest when the male would retrieve any leftover fish that was in the nest for a snack. After eating a bit off this fish, the male returned it to the nest where the female once again took it from him and between the nestlings and herself finished it off.
The male continued flying in and out of the nest at various times keeping busy with maintenance.
One of several fish brought to the nest. The male had only a tenuous grip on the tail of this fish when he brought it in. Here he can be seen flipping the fish around head first before tearing into it.


A passing Cormorant.
A passing flock of Cormorants in a V-formation.
A passing Turkey Vulture. The male Osprey was especially annoyed by the presence of Vultures today and often gave chase to them till they left the area. In comparison, on other days the male Osprey barely notices Vultures in the area.
A visit to the Great Horned Owl family has the adult and the owlet barely visible in the nest. On the other hand, the nesting Owl's mate is plainly visible in the trees.
The Great Horned Owl was very patient in allowing itself to be observed.
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