Sometimes the Victory Goes to the Bird with the Most Attitude
 
A female osprey went cruising past me with a large fish and she disappeared around the next bend.
I heard the osprey scream and she came tearing back around toward me with a young bald eagle chasing her.
The young eagle had almost caught up with the osprey when a much smaller bird changed the chase.
Both the osprey and eagle had crossed the territory boundary of a fish crow.
The fish crow went for the eagle and managed to turn the bigger bird back toward the way it had come.
Last I saw of the eagle it was still yelling and trying to get the crow to leave it alone.

H&G Nest
Dad Hershey had walked out on a big branch to the right of the nest to check on one of the chicks.
I heard an angry alert call from both Hershey and Godiva (unseen).
A two-year-old bald eagle was headed toward the nest.
Juvenile eagles will try to steal chicks from eagle nests and Hershey and Godiva knew this.
Hershey launched and the two-year-old eagle quickly saw it was in trouble and it turned and fled the cove.
Hershey returned to a tree near the nest and the two chicks went back to branching.
Mom Godiva showed up and took over guard duties while the two chicks watched the world.
Hint: to find branching chicks, look for their feet first then look for the beak!

 Ranger Cove Nest
One of the chicks is branching.
It is getting strong enough to develop lift with its wings and bounce with its legs.
Suddenly it was in the air and popped up to a branch just above its head (the branch is on the other side of the trunk from us).
It was quite pleased with what it had done and proceeded to practice several more branchings.
Soon it will take the leap and fully fledge away from the nest.

Mom osprey floated in over the north end of the dam and curved past the pine trees.
Instantly a fish crow decided to chase her from his territory.
Mom osprey only wanted a fish for her late breakfast.
Eventually the two of them formed a paired flight formation. 
The fish crow escorted mom osprey until he felt she was not a threat.
He went back to his nest and mom osprey caught a fish and went home to her nest.

H&G Nest
 
The two chicks are branching now.  Wing wapping and jumping from the brim of the nest to a nearby branch.
 
Mom Godiva is ignoring the youngsters.
 
 
Taking a break.
 
 
Wap.  Wap.  Getting the muscles stronger.
 
 
I am not sure what got Mom Godiva’s attention.  Maybe that the one chick is about to jump back into the nest.