Jordan Lake: I watched this female Osprey Fledgling catch a fish this morning. Then she promptly did what she needed to do next: the youngster shook off all the excess water from her dive and lightened the weight she had to carry in her flight to a nearby tree. The shake is done exactly the way a dog does one … starts at the beak and twists through to the tail.
Jordan Lake: The morning was hot and the osprey fledgling was tired. Mom osprey, not seen in the photo, was close by and so it was safe for the youngster to take a nap. May all of you sleep well this night. Peace and grace, Doc Ellen
Not One but TWO! Yes, two fish at the same time. One in each talon. The osprey tried hard to hold onto both fish, but, one got away; you can see the fish drop away. I believe this is a subadult male – about 2-years-old – and still without a mate. As strong and determined as he is, he probably won’t have trouble finding a suitable mate late next winter. WOW! Two at Once!!!
Mom osprey was soaking wet. She wanted to just take a breath and groom. But, no, her chick wanted fish, food, fish, food, right now! Offspring always seem to be hungry and loud and just certain their parent has nothing better to do than to dash off, catch another fish and feed them. Not this time. Nope. Mom osprey had other things to do besides listening to a noisy chick.
Having just added new photos to my print gallery (more than a dozen bird species), I want to say my heart-felt thanks to each of you who has bought a print from me in the past. My thanks to those of you who check out my gallery site and consider making a purchase. Each purchase helps me to continue my field studies at Jordan Lake and I do enjoy the studying. However, my biggest joy is in the sharing with all of you what I observe at the lake. Thanks for considering a purchase.