It is amazing how much weight these birds can carry. He must have been thinking about adding a second story to the nest with a stick this big.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
These are perilous times for fish in the river. Yesterday morning the male brought back three fish to his mate in an hour and a half. Perhaps I should say, "three half fish" as he eats the front half and she gets the back half.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
It seems like the male Osprey can't stand to sit still for long. If he isn't fishing, he is active in nest building. After bringing breakfast back to his mate yesterday morning (a big fish), he rested a couple of minutes and went to collect soft material to line the nest.
Friday, April 6, 2012
One of my favs of the pair from last season. I shot this with my Nikon right before sunset, then applied the texture in my iPhone. Last year (2011) was the pair's first year together. they have filled out and look more mature this year, especially the male (on the left) who is now very close in size to the female. It is hard to get a shot of the male as he is much more antsy and does not seem to like sitting around for extended periods. He is a busy fellow, fishing, hauling sticks to the nest and on the go. Once the eggs are layed, he will sit on the nest for short periods to give her a break to stretch her wings. Once the chicks hatch he will be a very busy guy keeping all the hungry mouths fed.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Usually when I hear racket at the nest it is because the the female sees the male coming back from the river with a fish to eat. Yesterday, however, she had seen the other pair coming too close and had called her mate back. He came hustling back to the nest. They were both standing on the nest, back to back with their heads on a swivel watching the intruders. When the nest was buzzed, the talons came out.
These four frames were part of a continuous burst. My camera can only shoot 8 frames per second, so this sequence lasted only about half a second. Those big birds can really move when they want to.
A big thanks to David for loaning me his long lens.