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Observations & Images
2 May 2006
Age of nestling(s) in days: 21

A quiet day for the Ospreys. The constant activity of hunting for fish, feeding the young, and the upkeep of the nest is taking its toll on the adult Ospreys who spent much of the afternoon napping in the nest. Here the male Osprey naps while one of the nestlings looks around.
The female was observed eating a fish in the nest which she did not share with the nestlings but, rather, consumed the whole thing herself. Afterward, she collected a stick for the nest.
Tired from her exertions, the female Osprey is pictured here resting her eyes.
While the female rested, the male flew off to catch a fish.
The female took the new fish from the male and fed it to the nestlings.
The advantage of size the largest nestling has was clearly seen today as it pushed the smaller nestlings out of the way for the largest share of food.
While the female fed the nestlings the male retired to the pines where he preened his feathers . When he was done preening he flew through the pines tearing a branch off one of the trees.
He flew the branch to the nest. Reinvigorated from his afternoon rest he flew off over the Lagoon returning with a fish.


Red-bellied Woodpeckers are a common sight in the pines.
The Pileated Woodpeckers are still switching off duty in the nest cavity. The male Pileated Woodpecker stopped on a nearby palm tree after the female relieved him. Within moments he disappeared into the pines not to be seen again for the rest of the day.
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OspreyWatch by Bob Montanaro
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