Friday, August 16, 2013

The Osprey Babies Fly

The babies in the nest are actually juveniles and while set up a good distance down the road so as not to stress them, they gave us quite a show.  Wanting to photograph the ospreys for awhile, professional wildlife photographer Jennifer Howard and I set out one morning, but much to our dismay, when we arrived a fellow had parked his car right below the nest and the juveniles were in quite a dither.  Finally he left and when he stopped where we were, we both chewed him out pretty good.
The 3 juveniles.
Some wing stretching started,
 a little flapping.
Then a jump from the nest which surprised us as we didn't know whether they had been flying yet.
The second one taking off, and then the third did as well.
 This is where the situation became serious, one of the juveniles couldn't fly very well and landed on the side of the road.  It's a country line but at the stop sign is a busy 2 lane highway.
It could do a short distance without any height and kept getting closer to the traffic.  Jennifer walked up the road after it made it across the highway and managed to get it back on the nest side with the help of understanding motorists.
 Jennifer's photo showing the stressed bird.
During this time while the siblings were getting a feel for their wings, a couple of times they almost fell to the ground or collided with each other.
They came and went back to the nest a few times.
The juvenile on the ground finally took to the air in a low fly that ended up on the side of this tree.  The poor thing was exhausted, panting away.
 After dropping to the ground, like any youngster it was interested in its surroundings.
 Including me.
A few jumps in the air to try and take off just wasn't working.
It's safe behind a hedgerow in a farmer's field (for now) and figured walking was the the way to go.
When Jennifer and I left, it was still on the ground but the siblings would fly by and call.  We were there a good couple of hours with no sign of mom or dad but the lake isn't far so they had probably gone fishing.
Update:  Recently I drove by the nest and there was one juvenile on top eating.  We're hopeful it was the one from the ground and that the parents are still bringing him food until he's stronger.
Also, Jennifer and I have the ball rolling to have the nest platforms moved away from the highway and closer to the lake.
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40 comments:

  1. They are beautiful birds. I do hope the little one was ok. We have birds around our house every year and I love watching them fly for the first time.

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  2. You caught some great photos. Hoping also that the one is ok.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  3. Amazing photos of this wonderful bird! I just hope he finally got airborn and made it back to his nest. Do you happen to know how all that turned out?

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  4. hello
    c'est génial d'avoir pu les prendre
    sur différents angles
    j'espère qu'au bout d'un certain temps, il a pu s'envoler
    ils sont très beaux
    à plus Bye
    edith (iris) France

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  5. Oh, my goodness- what neat post!

    I have never really seen one of those before.

    Saying a prayer for the little non-flier, poor thing, how scary! Keep us posted if you are able to do so!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. What a great photo op! I hope they all survived their first flight lessons and were able to get to safety. Great photos, Judith!

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  7. What a wonderful opportunity to watch the birds. Last summer we watched a family of hawks as the youngsters learned to fly. They would race through the yard chasing each other low to the ground, but there was always a parent perched in high tree or on the barn watching and calling to them. They were large birds and fun to watch. I always get nervous when the robins fledglings begin their flight lessons. It will be interesting to see if the parents return to the nest next year. Great photos of beautiful birds.

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  8. So amazing how you caught the whole exhausting learning to fly experience. And how special that you are getting them moved to safer area!
    thanks for sharing!

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  9. I've been watching a livecam with Explore.org on the coast of Maine of ospreys...they're gone now. It is fascinating! That photo of the poor frazzled bird made me laugh. I have looked that way some days.

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  10. I have grape vines outside my store with little white lights wrapped around them. One year I had 3 nests with little finches. The blue jays and squirrels would come to feast one them. One nest over the doorway was especially bad as the bluejays would almost fly in the room after the babies. I was in a constant state of upset running out the door with a broom. In the end - they killed or ate them all. I told my husband I was wasting volumes of times and needed to see a shrink!

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  11. Wow!! What a site that must have been and heart-wrenching to see that little guy struggle! Thanks for sharing this exciting event with us.

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  12. Seeing them on those poles drove me nuts so I'm glad you stepped in to get them moved! I am so thankful that our eagles nested here in the woods!...:)JP

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  13. You captured a wonderful series of osprey photos. We love to visit the osprey nests near here. There are all looking empty right now so I imagine the osprey have all flown the nest. We can see them flying overhead, probably looking for a nice meal before they leave this area.

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  14. I like a story with a happy ending. Good work from you and Jennifer in rescuing the youngster and aiming to relocate the platform. Lovely pics - boy I wish we had Ospreys so close. I got some good shots in Egypt in 2011 - see my blog.

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  15. Leaving the nest looks like a scary proposition for an Osprey. Glad you were able to help the one back to a safer location. They are beautiful birds.

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  16. wow! 3 making it to fledge! that's awesome! i do hope the weaker one makes it!

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  17. I've seen the same thing. Citiots can be really dumb!
    We have some near us, as well. I love watching them. Great photos!
    Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario

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  18. Wonderful photos of these gorgeous birds!

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  19. Glad you got him to safety. Great series. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  20. Wow, great series. The Ospreys are cool birds. I hope the last weak one does Ok. I like a happy ending. Wonderful photos.

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  21. What a neat photo shoot! I hope the little one got back OK. Great pics!

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  22. Magnificent photography of nature's gems and such concern for them ~ I would be too ~ they are so beautiful! Nature is such a gift, ~ thanks, carol, xo

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  23. Judith this is just amazing...seeing them up close they are so gorgeous. We had several flying high a couple weeks ago over the house...they flew a long time..couldn't miss them from below with the coloring on the underwings and their cry...

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  24. Great photos; what beautiful birds! I enjoyed reading about them and hope all are doing well. So glad you are working to move the nesting platform for their comfort and safety.
    Hugs, Beth

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  25. OMG....I would be heart broken if this ended sadly!! I too am hopeful that everything worked out for the best and the little one made it back to his mama/papa!!

    They're such wonderful birds.

    You take care, and have a great week ahead. If you can, do a follow-up sometime if the nest platform is moved!!

    Anni from Hootin' Anni's and I'd Rather B Birdin'


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  26. Stunning bird and great photos of them!

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  27. Wonderful series of these young Ospreys. Well done to you and your friend for protecting the fledgling from the traffic.

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  28. Fabulous photos...especially the close ups. He really had a startled look. I hope he made it back up to the nest. We hear them here but don't often get a photo. Today we saw wild turkeys in our neighborhood for the first time in months! That was a treat. Happy Monday!

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  29. That was exciting Judith. You got some great photos. Valerie

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  30. What a wonderful event you witnessed! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.

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  31. Hi Judith - lovely series on the osprey and good too that you could have some influence over their nesting site being relocated for the following year.

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  32. We love to watch the osprey families and check out their nests on the platforms and shoal markers on the lake! It's amazing how they learn to fly, there doesn't seem to be much room for error, especially over the water! Great photos, I hope the one back in the nest is the one from the ground too.

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  33. Oh they are so beautiful! I really enjoyed this post! :)

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  34. I remember helping my daughter write a report on the Osprey many, many years ago...your photos are wonderful!

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  35. What a wonderful event to witness. The frazzled bird looks like I feel some days. Hope your assumption was right and he was the one in the nest being cared for by his parents.

    Loved the way you did your mosaic, too.

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  36. Hi Judith,

    I so enjoyed this little photo story, full of suspense and gorgeous images! The sky shot is beautiful, as well as the close up of the osprey, in which one CAN see the anxiety in its eyes! Thank you for this most interesting post and sharing your adventure. Hope its family continues to feed it and fly by to let it know it is not alone!

    Poppy

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  37. Wow- what an amazing time you had watching this wonderful "milestone event". And such great photos you captured!

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  38. Oh you must know that I so love this post...Ospreys, what incredible creatures and your image shares are absolutely outstanding...I am in awe~

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  39. How wonderful to follow this. Love the nature photos.

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