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.
Ranger Cove: Broken Feather Update
Broken Feather has learned 2 lessons:
1) that if she picks up the fish that her parent has just brought in and flies with it away from the nest,
she doesn’t have to share the food with her brother Piper.
2) She is also learning that it is hard to stand on a slippery fish – on a slope no less – and eat it.
Sorry about the shaky video.
Broken Feather Update 7/13/2018
I got to the lake edge this morning and found Broken Feather on a log at the shoreline.
She was trying out a new way to fish – not an osprey way at all.
Maybe she had been watching great blue herons stalk the shoreline and go after a fish.
There is an deep pool of water at her feet.
A fish flashed by and Broken Feather made a leap – talons flared in hopes of catching the fish.
Broken Feather was almost hidden by the reeds between us as she hit the water.
Thankfully, ospreys swim well even when they are mad that they have made a miscalculation.
She missed the fish and I missed the shot of her jumping back up on the logs.
Twice she tried this way to catch a fish and twice she missed.
We will have to see what she does the next go-around.
Dad osprey did bring a fish later in the morning and both Broken Feather and Piper had a meal in the nest.
Her tail made her jink hard to the left as she approached the rim of the nest.
Dad and Mom osprey have about finished their nest.
It is considerably more substantial than when you last saw it!
Both ospreys bring in sticks and nest bowl material.
They also bring in pinecones – ospreys like to decorate their nests!
This is Dad osprey in the photo.
Dad osprey has a bright white chest. Mom osprey has a beautiful wide necklace.
The osprey fledgling wandered into the wrong territory.
The mother osprey of the nest he tried to get to took exception to his visit.
Firmly, but without any damage to the youngster,
the adult osprey escorted the juvenile away from her nest.
Notes: the juvenile is in the lead;
he is much smaller, because he is a male – not because he is younger
when you can see their backs, the youngster has a white line that bisects his wings.
I call these white spots “rivets”. They are camouflage spots at the end of his feathers.