Shelter Osprey Nest
In most raptors, the female bird is larger than the male.
This is easy to see in the ospreys and bald eagles at Jordan Lake.
You can certainly see the size difference in the parents of the Shelter Nest.
Osprey Mom, heading to the left, is much bigger than Osprey Dad who is looking to the right.
Sometimes this size difference makes the female ospreys and bald eagles 25 – 30% bigger than the males.
This trait is known as gender dimorphism.
Oh, there is so much to learn before I fly south for the very first time!
Got to stick my landings. Grip limbs and fish. Avoid bald eagles.
I am one very determined female osprey fledgling!
The ospreys are fledging at Jordan Lake – taking their first flights.
Male osprey fledgling. Note his orange eye. Adults have a golden eye.
This is a female osprey fledgling. Her dark feathered “brooch” marks her gender.
A little easier to see her dark neck patch.
By far the easiest way to tell that these ospreys are fledglings are by the white “rivets” on their feathers.
The “rivets” are white dots at the ends of their feathers and will wear off as they age.
Each year when the ospreys return to Jordan Lake, territory disputes occur.
The east side of the First Nest Cove belongs, more or less, to the ospreys.
The west side of the cove, more or less, belongs to the bald eagles.
The osprey female initiated this encounter when Petruchio crossed the “line”.
Ultimately Petruchio pushed the osprey back east of the line and for the moment quiet reigned.
I gotta admit I admired the spunk of the much smaller osprey!
The ospreys have returned from South America – welcome home.
One year old bald eagle looking fierce in the morning light.
A very cold eastern bluebird, who like me, was wondering where the warm weather went.
Great blue heron stalking through the shoreline bushes.
Belted kingfisher surveying the waters for his next fish.
The small pied-billed grebe is named after the way the black ring bisects his beak.
The morning light illuminates this Bonaparte’s gull.
Thought y’all might enjoy the other end of the fledgling osprey’s flight.
After being puzzled by watching us watching her,
the youngster took off to practice her new skills.