Bringing a Small Fish Home

Osprey flying with fish to nest
The osprey parent is bringing a fish for its fledgling to practice carrying. The fish is small complete with its head. My last posting had the fledgling flying above the nest with the fish in its talons.

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.

Bringing a Fish

Osprey flying in with a fish
These osprey eyases are growing in size and hunger. One of the eyases seems to be expressing need when seeing its father landing with a fish in its talons.

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.

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.

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.

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.

An Osprey Brings Half a Fish

An osprey flys into a nest
About 15 minutes later the original bird flew off with the fish. Its partner did not seem to want it. I photographed these birds at Lake Sonoma in Sonoma County, California.

An Osprey and a Fish

An osprey and a fish on a pole
This osprey was near its nest. Earlier, I observed it eating this fish on the same pole it was sitting on now. I photographed this at the bridge across Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, California.

Boating on Lake Sonoma

Sonoma County, CA, U.S.A. January 31, 2017

Sonoma County, CA, U.S.A. January 31, 2017

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