Jordan Lake: Momma Osprey Got Angry!
I was tracking dad osprey who had caught a large fish.
Over the shoulders of me and my friend came a swiftly moving very large shadow.
An adult bald eagle was dashing toward dad osprey (unseen here) and wanted his fish.
Momma osprey said no way was the fish that was destined for her fledglings going to go home with the bald eagle.
Dad dashed to the nest while Momma and the eagle pulled some high speed face-offs.
As soon as the eagle was far enough away, Momma Osprey screamed her victory and headed for the nest.

Shelter Osprey Nest
 
Mom osprey was incubating her eggs this morning.  I think hatching is about a week away.
 
Mom osprey stood up and stretched.
 
 
Shook out her wings.
 
 
Looked around for any danger that might be approaching.
 
 
Repositioned the eggs under herself and settled back in to incubating the eggs.
 

Ranger Cove Osprey Family
 
I got to the cove to find Dad osprey sitting on one branch to the left of Brother Piper on the right.
They both looked at me, checked me out and then ignored me.
They sat there for more than 10 minutes.  Once in a while Piper would look hard at Dad.
Finally Piper got tired of just waiting around and he left.  Dad Osprey kept watching life flow by.
It was not until Dad Osprey took flight 12 minutes later that I realized he had been standing on a fish!
No wonder Piper kept looking hard at Dad.
As Dad took flight I heard Broken Feather. She got to the nest as Dad did with the fish.

Ow, ow, ouch!
The hazards of being a parent.
The fledgling was trying to grab a fish from dad’s talon
but got dad’s toe instead – in a very tight sharp hold.
Dad had to jerk several times before the fledgling let go.
He was dangling that foot for a few wing flaps as he flew away
but had the leg back in its place quickly.
photo taken July 10, 2015

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