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Observations & Images
31 May 2006
Post-Nesting: Forlorn Father

The male Osprey spent the afternoon working on the nest as if to make up for all the times he was not there when he needed to be. Here he is about to land with grass in his talons.
The female Osprey kept to herself. She flew to different perches in the pines but did not join the male.
Two Black Vultures flew into the pines right below the nest much to the vexation of the male Osprey.
The two Black Vultures engaged in grooming each other to the exclusion of everything else.
The male Osprey was quite upset by the presence of the Black Vultures. He made two flights toward them as he cried out warnings but the Vultures ignored him. Then he flew off into the pines and did not come out until the Vultures had left.
After the Vultures left the male would add to the nest but, once he landed, he would just stand in the nest without doing anything with the material he had just flown in.
An unidentified Osprey hovered overhead to examine the male and the nest. The male made a few feeble warning cries which probably did not play a part in causing the unidentified Osprey to fly off.
The male heads out through the pines to look for more nesting material.
He lands in the nest with a clump of grass.
Another run finds him returning with what looks like seaweed.
It is important to note that every time he landed he would not do anything with the material he brought into the nest. He would land then just stand there doing nothing. This is in contrast to before the nestlings were lost when he would diligently pack the seagrass into the nest floor or spend a considerable amount of time and effort moving branches around to his satisfaction.
As the Sun set he flew off toward the Indian River Lagoon.
Though I waited till dusk he did not return.
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