Wednesday, April 21, 2010

An Osprey Story

Osprey about to fly DSC_6493
I was out at the TCAAP Wildlife viewing area tonight. One of the local osprey stopped by and sat on a tree nearby.

Eventually, it decided it was time for dinner and took off.
Osprey in flight DSC_6494

It plunged into the water three times before it nabbed dinner.
Osprey taking a dip DSC_6513
Osprey Splash DSC_6523

It came back to the nearby tree but didn't feel comfortable eating in front of me and soon took its catch towards the nest.
Osprey ready to eat DSC_6537

As it left, it showed me its catch.
Raining Osprey DSC_6546
(The tiny sparkles are water shedding off the bird. The larger fuzzy blurs are from a cottonwood tree.)

On the way to the nest, a young eagle showed up. The osprey dived bombed it a few time and enlisted the help of its spouse.
Osprey takes on eagle DSC_6569
They both pestered the eagle until it retreated. Just before the eagle was out of sight, it took a plunge for its own dinner. Unfortunately, this took place directly into the sunlight so my photos didn't work.

Somewhere during the scuffle with the eagle, the osprey lost the fish.

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