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Observations & Images
20 April 2007
Approximate age of nestling(s) in days: 23

The nestlings rapid growth has finally brought them into regular view. The big surprise is that there are three of them all circled here in yellow to help pick them out amongst the branches while there mother looks down on them.
The male Osprey retrieved a fish carcass from the nest and flew it around to a couple of perches.
He finally settled down on his eating perch to eat.
In between eating his attention was taken by something down below him that could not be seen from where I was at. Whatever it was held his attention for some time.
The appetite of the Ospreys is a bottomless pit these days as the male is constantly bringing food which is eaten by all throughout the day. He had hardly finished with the fish seen above before heading out over the Lagoon to return with this new catch.
He faces into the wind to dry his feathers. The fish was still very energetic; every time it thrashed about it caused the male to jump as well to maintain his balance.
This fish showed signs of life long after one would expect. A good twenty minutes after being brought to the eating perch, with its head horribly torn apart, the fish still flipped about and its ruined gills could be seen gasping for air.
After bringing the now headless fish to the nest, the male cleaned his beak against a branch. Note his tongue lolling out which was commonly seen with last year's pair during this same procedure and is routinely seen with this pair.
The female can be seen at left tearing apart the fish as she feeds two of the nestlings. The third showed no interest in eating but, rather, it sat facing into the wind panting heavily. Though it was fairly windy one grew hot before long while standing in the direct sunlight.
After the meal was finished all the Ospreys moved to the west side of the nest where they could catch the wind as well.
The female Osprey provided some shade as the nestlings moved in and out of her shadow.
Clouds began moving in providing some relief from the sun and heat. Here the female Osprey has left the nest to try and break a branch off the dead tree near the nest.
Her talons latch onto the branch. The branch bent as she beat her wings but refused to break.
She lets go of the branch.
Swinging around she heads back to the nest.
Her landing brings out the nestlings who are probably hoping for yet another meal.
Once again as in previous days the mysterious four Ospreys soar over and around the nest. The male Osprey responded to their presence with a chorus of shrill calls but did not fly up to try and chase them away. He did eventually fly to the nest where the female joined him in trying to warn off the trespassers. The four Ospreys soared around and around the nest together before finally drifting away.

THE NEIGHBORS

While the two adult Great Horned Owls could be seen in the trees their offspring was not visible. The adults were almost completely hidden in the thick part of the trees which most probably hid the young owl as well.
A Red-Shouldered Hawk landed near the Osprey nest. This is one of a pair that flew overhead but this one landed while the other disappeared.
The Ospreys did not seem concerned with having the hawk nearby.
Something caught the hawk's attention and it took wing.
The female Osprey cried out a bit as the hawk passed the nest.
The hawk turned to circle an area of thick brush where it scrutinized something down below. For a moment it appeared the hawk was going to pounce but then it broke off the effort.
The Red-Shouldered Hawk soared off.
 
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