Crabbing #4

Seagull eating crab's leg
Even the crab’s leg is eaten. No cracking tool just straight down the throat. Salmon River Estuary, north of Lincoln City Oregon.

Crabbing #3

seagull eat crab
This seagull caught this crab and brought it to the rocky shore. It dropped it and began tearing the meat from the crab’s underside. I took this photo on the Salmon River Estuary north of Lincoln City, Oregon.

Crabbing (cont.)

Seagull holding crab
The seagull has landed and will begin eating the crab it caught earlier. I photographed this on the Salmon River Estuary, north of Lincoln City, Oregon.

Crabbing

Seagull flying with crab
The seagull just grabbed this crab and was flying to a dry spot to eat it. Salmon River Estuary north of Lincoln City Oregon.

Learning to fly with a fish

Trying to fly
This fledgling osprey has picked up the fish that its mother has dropped in the nest and trying to fly with it – all part of the learning process.

Here’s Looking at You

3 osprey sitting in their nest
Father and two fledglings osprey in their nest.

Testing its wings

Osprey fledgling testing its wings
This fledgling osprey is testing its wings. They are getting closer to flying. I took this 7-14-2022.

Landing

Osprey landing
This osprey is landing into the wind. By spreading its wings, it creates drag to slow down. Too much drag would make it suddenly drop. So, it opens its wing feathers to allow enough air to pass through to land correctly.

Growing

This eyas osprey is growing rapidly. The other eyas is under the shade of its parent. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Sibling Rivalry (3 – 3)

sibling aggression.
The osprey eyas, who was the original aggressor seems to be cringing under the aggressive behavior of its sibling. The parent seems to be finally responding. When I first viewed the newly born birds there were three eyases. The aggression of its siblings may have resulted in its death. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, California.

Sibling Rivalry (2 of 3)

osprey sibling aggression
The osprey eyas on the right responds aggressively to his sibling’s aggression. The parent seems unconcerned. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, California.

Sibling Rivalry

2 baby osprey arguing
When observing birds, it is not unusual to see conflict take place. It could be territorial or over food. In a nest, young birds such as these two osprey eyases are in conflict for who will dominate and get more food. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, California.

A Meal

Great egret eating a fish
This great egret had just caught this fish. The bird’s beak is about 6″ or 15 cm long. That’s a pretty big meal. It had no problem getting it down its long throat. I took this at Inverness on Tomales Bay.

A Small Snack

Great Egret eating a tadpole
This great egret was hunting food on the edge of Tomales Bay in Inverness, Marin County, CA., when it caught what looks like a tadpole.

An Osprey Flying with a Fish

Osprey flying with a fish.
This is the same picture of the osprey that I published yesterday but tightly cropped. I’ve been learning about wildlife cropping from Matt Kloskowski’s Wildlife Editing Secrets course. He’s recommending that we consider the environment and the action of the wildlife when cropping. The crop would be based on what the photographer thought was most important.

Osprey Landing with a Fish

Osprey landing
This osprey had been in its nest, tearing up this fish and feeding its young. It had flown off and was landing on this pole. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Feeding Time

Song Sparrow feeding a fledgling.
The song sparrow parent is feeding a fledgling while the other seems to patiently wait. This family has been landing in my window feeder. One of the fledglings appears to be learning how to eat on its own. Maybe the parent will finally have some peace, and quiet.

Aerodynamics of the Osprey, Part 4

Once touch down is successful, the osprey flattens its wings to reduce drag and settles into the nest. I took this at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Aerodynamics of the Osprey, Part 3

Osprey landing
They move their head down and legs forward for more drag. Their wing and tail feathers allow air to pass between feathers preventing stalling or the bird falling from too much drag. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Aerodynamics of the Osprey, Part 2

Osprey landing
Landing requires use of its wing feathers and tail that are not used in the same way when soaring. First, they turn into the wind, open their wings and drop their tail to create drag. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma, County, CA.
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