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This is a returning pair of ospreys using the same nest from last year, so I thought I'd check on nesting activity in May. I was watching the nest for 1 1/2 hours and never saw the male return with any fish despite the female repeatedly calling out. I returned to the site this month (June) fearing that the young would by then fledge, but no! they were still there, although now with well-developed feathers and good wingspan.
#1. Pair of young nestlings.
#2. Testing its wings.
#3. Calling out for food. On my second visit to the site, the male flew over once and disappeared into the horizon (with no fish). My total wait time was 2 hours.
#4. Female osprey watching nest from another tree 75 ft away, and looking out for mate. Maybe the nest is getting too crowded for the entire family?
#5. Taking off. After repeated calling for the male to return (with food, no doubt) the female decides to take off. I could see the young ospreys hyperventilating in the morning heat (this day turned out to be the hottest day of the year to date). Apparently the only moisture these birds get is from the food they eat. And none was forthcoming.
#6. A month earlier: bringing home the b..., er, fish. Just my bad luck that the bird lands into the wind which was blowing up the Russian River, and so I didn't get a frontal shot.
#7. It's a different story in Bodega Bay. Within a couple of minutes of my getting there I was able to photograph this.
Edited on Jun 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM · View previous versions