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Observations & Images
20 March 2007
day 32 of incubation (approximate)

The male Osprey has brought his mate a fish. While she dines on a nearby branch, the male incubates the eggs. The eggs should be expected to hatch any day now---assuming they are fertile.
After eating her meal the female uses the branch to clean her beak.
The male from last season is still haunting the trees where so much happened last year. He spent the afternoon talking to himself making continuous little whimpering calls that must certainly be a measure of his loneliness.
He has succeeded in building a nest but he has no one to show it to for no unattached females have been seen recently around the Refuge. Given how late it is it appears he has lost his chance to raise a family this season.
In the vicinity of the third Osprey nest on the Refuge a juvenile Bald Eagle clutching a fish comes in for a landing.
The resident Ospreys are alarmed by the Eagle's presence and both Ospreys begin harassing the large raptor. Here the Eagle, at lower left, has taken wing to escape its tormentors.
The Eagle, still clutching the fish, circles the area which only brings more abuse on it from the Ospreys.
An Osprey vents its anger at the circling Eagle.
The Eagle, lower right, finally makes good its escape but is followed for some distance by one of the Ospreys.
Amazingly, before long, the juvenile Bald Eagle reappears in the area but does not approach the Osprey nest and is thus spared any more wrath.
The offended female Osprey flies over her nest. Neither bird spent much time in the nest so it is doubtful there are any eggs yet---if ever.
The female's mate later brought a fish which he ate his fill of while ignoring the female's cries for him to share his meal.

THE NEIGHBORS

One of many Palm Warblers seen throughout the afternoon.
A surprise was finding the Great Horned Owl perched at the same spot it was encountered the other day. Dismissing my presence the bird went back to napping.
The Owl's mate could be seen in the nest.
A Great Blue Heron comes into view as it clears the mangroves.
The snake-like neck of this Anhinga makes plain its old nickname of the Snake Bird. The lure of the fallen tree brings this bird back yet again as a perch to dry its feathers.
 
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