The Osprey’s, known as William & Kate, annually nest atop a telephone pole at the Cochrane Toyota Dealership. I was fascinated that the Osprey’s were not bothered by the activity of people below them…and how many people actually didn’t notice all the activity above them!
I spent many a day watching William & Kate getting the nest ready for the young. There was always a flurry of activity. The chicks were born about a week apart and the age difference was quite noticeable. Like most families with children, there was a bit of sibling rivalry. William or Kate would bring in a fish and the oldest chick would dominate the feast. I guess that is also part of nature. There was plenty of fish on a daily basis and both chicks grew and flourished. At times it was hard to tell who was the adult and who was the child, but I learned (after doing much research on these amazing birds) that the young have reddish, or orange-tinted eyes…quite a contrast and easy to distinguish from the bright yellow eyes of the adults.
Another trick I learned after many missed photo opportunities, were some signs that helped to anticipate the arrival of a meal. The young osprey starts calling. When the calling is constant, if usually means that a fish is coming shortly…so be ready!
One day, at the end of August, I stopped by the nest to see if there was any action. The youngest sibling was alone in the nest and squawking to tell mom and dad that she was hungry. The constant call meant that lunch was coming and sure enough, William (dad) dropped off a fish!
This was the start of my photos above! Dad didn’t stick around long…actually almost got pushed out of the nest by the very aggressive youngster. All the squawking, brought her older brother back to the nest! He was very patient, but she let him know that it was her lunch….protecting it with her wings. He made a flew loops around the area, getting different vantage points…waiting for the opportune moment. In a flash, he dropped in, snatched the fish and took off with the prize! It reminded me of the many occasions I witnessed this same behavior with my own 2 children!! The memories put a smile on my face…I laughed to myself that I happened to be there… at the right time…to watch and was successful in capturing this special moment.
Sibling rivalry caught in action!