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Observations & Images
2 April 2006
29th day of incubating

The female Osprey is caught in midair seconds before landing in the nest after flying off her eating perch. The male Osprey, who had been sitting in the nest, flew off and around into the pines.
Besides the nesting Ospreys, several other Ospreys were also present in the area. Here one of the Osprey strangers approaches the nest.
The trespassing Osprey hovered and examined the nest and the female Osprey who is clearly disturbed by the intrusion.
She made a motion as if she was going to lunge at the intruding male Osprey.
The Osprey trespasser flies off after being confronted by the resident female Osprey's defensive display. The resident male Osprey sat in the pines nearby throughout the entire encounter and did not come forward to help defend the nest.
With the trespassing Ospreys now gone, the resident male Osprey took to working on the nest. Here he lands with a branch in his talons.
He made himself very busy moving branches around.
Here he brings back what looks like a clump of seaweed.
Once he had landed the female Osprey flew off into the pines leaving her mate to watch over the nest. The male, seen here, called out a few times for his mate to return but when she did not he settled down into the nest to take a turn incubating the eggs.


My desire to see a Pileated Woodpecker close up was finally fulfilled today when one landed in the tree directly overhead.
The Pileated Woodpecker's red pompadour must certainly make it the envy of many of its fellow birds. I know I was impressed by it.
The Otter family made an appearance today. Here the adult Otter chaperones a juvenile.
The young Otters are too cute for words.
The curiosity Otters are known for is already apparent in the young.
The adult Otter was curious, too, but in a different way as it kept a watchful eye out for trouble.
There were at least four juvenile Otters accompanying the adult. They are all currently tightly bonded to one another. When one of the juveniles lost sight of the troupe, it started making a plaintive squeaking sound and swimming back and forth looking for the others. When the rest of the Otters came around the corner to where it was, the lost Otter swam at great speed to rejoin the family.
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OspreyWatch by Bob Montanaro
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