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.

Leaving the Nest with Two Watching

Osprey flying from the nest while to babies look on.
Two eyases have their heads down, and all we can see is their eyes peeking out from the nest. I took this at Sonoma Lake, 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 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.

Unruly Child, Stop Arguing With Your Sister and Get Off My Back

This song sparrow family landed outside my kitchen window. The two fledgling siblings seem to be arguing about who gets fed by their parent. The difficulty is that one fledgling is standing on the parent’s back. Santa Rosa, CA

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.

The AErODYNAMICS of an Osprey

bird flying
Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) are a very aerodynamic bird that can fly at speeds of 80 mph/ 128 kmh and glide with minimal flapping of wings. As this one approaches its nest, it must slow down.This is the 1st in a 4 part series. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Intensely Watching

3 black crown heron babies watching
These three black-crowned heron seem to be intently watching the other activities in their W. 9th Street rookery. Santa Rosa, CA

A Careful Landing

Osprey landing with claws closed
Normally this osprey would land with its claws spread out. However, with three very young chicks (eyases) in the nest it comes in with its claws closed. I took this picture at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Redecorating

Osprey moving branch
This osprey had just flown into the nest, and it seemed that this branch was in its way. It moved it from one side of the nest to the other. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Two osprey Parents and Their Two Eyass

2 osprey parents and 2 babies
The eyass are under a week old. Yesterday I saw three, but it was too far away to get a decent photo of them. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Padding the Nest

This osprey is bringing a pine branch to add to the nest. It is common to see these birds continue to add to the existing nest even after the eyats are born. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Catching Itself After Falling

A fledging snowy egret catches itself after a fall.
This fledgling snowy egret was trying to fly from branch to branch when I saw it fall. It successfully grabbed long stringy branches that hang down from the eucalyptus tree where they nest. It slowly made its way up to higher branches. I photographed this bird at the W. 9th St. rookery in Santa Rosa, CA.
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