Monday, April 23, 2012

That Bug-eyed Stare

This is the fourth year that this male and his mate have hoped to raise offspring.  They have yet to succeed but, hopefully, this will be their year.  Can you imagine in the fall they go their separate ways, perhaps migrating as far as South America and then meet back here in the spring?  Birds do some amazing things. This male is usually pretty successful at catching fish.  He has already eaten his share in this photo and he is on the way over to the nesting box to give the back half to the female.  Notice how, unlike many birds, the eyes are not on the side of the head, but set forward similar to human eyes. This allows them binocular vision and better depth perception in making a catch.

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