Ranger Cove: Bald Eagle nest and Osprey nest
I was finally able to get to Ranger Cove!
Bald Eagle Nest
Ranger Mom was sitting on her eggs/chicks. The eggs may have hatched but I couldn’t be certain yet.
Ranger Dad did a fly-by, but was too quick for me to catch a photo of him.
The autumn and winter weather took down the osprey’s old nest. No problem.
The parent ospreys picked another tree and are hard at work on a new nest.
Here Dad Osprey supervises the delivery of a new nest stick by Mom Osprey.
I am not sure that I really want to know what Dad Osprey is saying about Mom Osprey’s apparent landing point!
Osprey dive at somewhere between 30-50 mph on average.
The dive goes like this:
Fish spotted and instant flight path changed from horizontal to vertical.
Picking up diving speed by becoming completely vertical.
Preparing horizontal attack path.
Plow into the water.
Climbing out of the water.
Heading home with breakfast.
Ospreys go in, I mean often way deep under water when fishing.
The dive picks up a lot of water on the body of the osprey.
Water weighs 8.35 pounds per gallon.
Flight calls for a bird without an excess load to haul into the air.
Ospreys do a shake to shed the excess water. The shake is just like what a wet dog does.
The shake starts at the beak and twists through to the tail.
Here you can see the osprey is ahead of the spray and the shake has gotten almost to the tail feathers.
The morning was grey and I didn’t have long to stay at the riprap.
In among the gulls cruising above the tailrace an osprey appeared.
The determined bird made a single pass over the river and banked hard.
So hard that I didn’t catch up with the osprey until it had caught its fish.