Saturday, April 21, 2012
An Osprey with Skills
Finally, though, the male lands in a tree to eat the fish. You can see the fish under his right foot. This sycamore is within eyesight of the nesting box and pretty much at the same level as the nest, so he gets to keep an eye on his mate while he is eating. It lets her know how soon she will be eating and it also allows him to defend the nest against aggressors. I watched him chase an eagle away the other day that intentionally flew just over the nest to check it out.
The nesting box is at the top of an electrical pole and was erected last year by the electric company. More about that in another post. There are a lot of people that like to walk along this road, enjoying the view of the river and marsh while getting some exercise. The female doesn't like people walking under her nest and will get to complaining when they do. There isn't much that can be done about it. They chose this location and they are going to have to put up with the activity. I don't think she liked me being on the dock either. In this image, she is staring directly at me, but I am probably a couple hundred feet from the nest. Does she have eggs? I would expect that she does.