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.
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!
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.
Even if you ARE a bald eagle, some birds just don’t give you any leeway.
The eastern kingbird took great offense that Cacao flew too close to its nest.
The parent kingbird (about the size of a robin) promptly chased Cacao out of the area.
BTW I have seen kingbirds actually land on the backs of both adult and juvenile eagles.
Looks like a jet landing on an aircraft carrier.
Sometimes the kingbird gives the eagle a peck for good measure! But, not in this series.
Both of the chicks have fledged!
Kate is not too impressed with Cacao’s semi controlled crash landing.
While Cacao is trying to get the landing finished, Caramel comes zipping by.
Kate watches as Caramel makes a landing much further down the tree.
Just like any offspring, Cacao imitates mom even though Kate is still not impressed!