Dad Ranger somehow gets soaking wet.
Mom Ranger gets very upset.
Ranger Osprey dad takes on both eagles!
I couldn’t help but wonder that just maybe the crow was thinking:
I should have slept in this morning…
The eastern kingbird chasing the much bigger crow
allows no one of any size near its nest.
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Size is not always the deciding factor – especially in a territory dispute.
Kate is being escorted out of the established territory of the smaller female above her.
The mature adults will often choose a threat and escort behavior over outright aggression.
Unlike the 3 year old Brassy who wants a fight and looks for it.
Brassy doesn’t care who she harasses, like this osprey.
All bald eagles will chase an osprey that is carrying a fish.
The eagle crowds or actually bumps the osprey until it drops its fish.
Usually the eagle snatches the falling fish before it hits the water.
Yes, the bald eagle is a thief.
Osprey is up top and Brassy is closing fast from the lower right.
I was enjoying Wynd’s flight about the cove when I saw her look over her shoulder.
I lifted my face from behind my camera and saw Brassy bearing down on the fledgling.
Wynd began screaming for parents, her wings and body and feet trying for more speed.
I briefly saw the flash of a parent past my lens then both Brassy and parent dove into the trees and I lost them.
Wynd headed for the nest on the other side of the cove.
Brassy sure knows how to disrupt a peaceful flight of exploration.
Wynd is the lower bird with Brassy almost on top of her.