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.

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.

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.

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.

Running out of Room

red shouldered baby hawk spreading its wings.
This red-shouldered hawk eyat is spreading its wings. It is still too young to fly. An adult’s wingspan is 40″/101 cm. The nest size is 16″ to 24″/40 cm to 60 cm across. I took this photo in Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa, California.

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.
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