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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.










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Jun 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM
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Very nice set, well done
David



Jun 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Ospreys (7)


Very nice set, like especially the last one.


Jun 17, 2012 at 11:35 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Ospreys (7)


Fantastic set of images! Great to get one with it's prey!


Jun 18, 2012 at 12:20 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Ospreys (7)


It looks like you have a nice location there. The look like they are not too far from fledging. I enjoyed this set. Well done.


Jun 18, 2012 at 12:29 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Ospreys (7)


Excellent series !!

Birdie



Jun 18, 2012 at 12:33 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Ospreys (7)


Great series.


Jun 18, 2012 at 01:06 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Ospreys (7)


Very nice set.

Rob



Jun 18, 2012 at 01:11 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Ospreys (7)


Nicely done dennis ~ Ron


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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Ospreys (7)


Nice set Dennis.


Jun 18, 2012 at 03:37 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Ospreys (7)


lovely job on the ospreys


Jun 18, 2012 at 09:01 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Ospreys (7)


Thanks all. Mike, yes I need to get some action shots of the birds before they are gone . . . probably within a week. As for the adult male, I don't think he's a very good bird-fisher. It could be a different story when the shads run this June.


Jun 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Ospreys (7)


What action


Jun 20, 2012 at 01:44 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Ospreys (7)


I see you saved the best for last. Great series of behavioral images.


Jun 20, 2012 at 04:00 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Ospreys (7)


Great work Dennis, what a fabulous variety of actions and well shot

Tim



Jun 20, 2012 at 04:23 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Ospreys (7)


Thanks Conrad, Don and Tim.


Jun 20, 2012 at 11:59 PM
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Nice set, the third is my pick

Morris



Jun 21, 2012 at 12:22 AM





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