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Observations & Images
21 April 2007
Approximate age of nestling(s) in days: 24

A dismal day marked by winds driving successive waves of rain showers through the Refuge. The rain does not stop the male Osprey from catching fish though both Ospreys looked uncomfortable weathering the storms.
The fish thrashed about violently almost upsetting the male off the perch.
The outcome for the fish, of course, is still the same.
The female took a short break from the nest during a lull in the storm to collect a branch.
She moves the branch around to where she wants it.

THE NEIGHBORS

The rain brought a variety of birds out into the open. Normally I hear these birds everyday and sometimes catch fleeting glances of them at a distance. For whatever reason the rain made them bolder to come near for a change is a mystery. Here a Gray Catbird is almost silhouetted against the rainy sky.
A first was to see a pair of Red-Bellied Woodpeckers climb around one of the abandoned citrus trees, grapefruit trees actually, near the nest.
The day's dim light levels give a blur of motion to this Baltimore Oriole. One of at least four in an oak tree near the Osprey nest.
Distant views of a wet Oriole.
A very vocal Cardinal perched in a citrus tree.
The citrus trees seem the place to be on a rainy day. Here a Pileated Woodpecker is perched in one.
 
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