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#1 John W

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 10:13 AM

I have suspected that the current male adult Osprey was not the same bird that has been here with this female for the last several years. Last years male stayed until late October, two months past when he should have left, feeding his young Osprey who never learned to fish. They both disappeared in a bad "nor easter" at the end of October. Well guess who's back and not pleased with the situation. A second male, I thinks its last years male, has arrived and is taking over. Luckily he seems content to adopt these chicks and is feeding them like they are his. There are 3 babies and if you look carefully you can see her feeding two of them. The female seems to have accepted the new male and is giving the cold shoulder to the father of the chicks. The new male on the left is in the image with the babies. The original male is the one on the right in the last image. The new male is letting the original male know he is no longer needed in the too far away action shots. Not really going for quality here as much as story telling. cc

 

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 12:07 PM

All very interesting John, great observation and storytelling.


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Posted 29 June 2017 - 12:49 PM

Very nice!  Good observation and story! 


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Posted 30 June 2017 - 04:23 AM

Wow John, I love the first shot, what a cracking shot, I love the chick popping his head out to get fed.

 

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 06:18 AM

Wow John, I love the first shot, what a cracking shot, I love the chick popping his head out to get fed.

 

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Thank you. One does not see many pictures of very young Osprey chicks. It is difficult to get an angle to see over the typically high up nests. 



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Posted 30 June 2017 - 07:59 AM

Amazing the father would give up (maybe a deadbeat Dad :P). Great story and images!



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Posted 30 June 2017 - 02:22 PM

Thanks Doug. He is not giving up willingly and is still around but young and less experienced than the new partner. At least that is my guess. One of the things besides not looking the same, that made me think this male was not the same as last years bird is that he has not been as aggressive with Eagles as last years bird. I saw last years bird chase Eagles into the woods to get away. This years bird was fairly half hearted in his Eagle battles. 


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Posted 30 June 2017 - 06:27 PM

Osprey are amazing, I watched one catch a fairly large fish in Morrow Bay last year, struggled to get of the water with it, once he did a dozen or so rather large Seagulls were on him, somehow he out maneuvered them all and got off with the fish. I felt good when he worked his way in near the rocks because the gulls angles were limited :)

 

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 11:03 PM

Late to chime in, but great story John.  I also love the pic with the babies great detail.. that pic is fantastic and the bokeh looks amazing.   How close to them are you when taking that picture?  


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Posted 01 July 2017 - 05:36 AM

Thats beautiful work, John and Doug.

Tony & Chelsea's latest podcast, (among other subjects), touches upon the joyous effect being out in nature, and taking pictures, can have on people and by extension, how their photographs can inspire others.

Thanks fellas :)


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Posted 03 July 2017 - 06:16 PM

nice shots and story






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