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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 20, 2008
2:20 PM

Post #5694303

I've been watching a pair of Osprey at their nest on a dead tree above the Swan River in Perth for several weeks. I've been very fortunate in being given access to private land overlooking the nest. I went there this afternoon and the Ospreys have a baby. My lens doesn't have the focal length to get really good detail at this stage. This shot is of the female, identified by the leg band and bung or blind left eye.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 20, 2008
2:30 PM

Post #5694347

Trust me, there really is a baby there. If you follow the female's beak and eye direction, although that's the blind eye towards the camera, you may be able to see a tiny wide open mouth. I've cropped to billyoh to provide some detail. I'll head down there each afternoon if I'm not working and will hopefully be able to provide chronological progress. I don't know if there was more than one egg. So exciting.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2008
3:42 PM

Post #5694665

Yay, you're an Auntie!
crazybirdlady51
Wilmar, AR
(Zone 8a)

October 20, 2008
7:16 PM

Post #5695517

Yes, I can just make the baby out. It is well camouflaged.
Great pictures, Margaret
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 20, 2008
7:31 PM

Post #5695575

Congrats Margaret...I can see the little one! I am looking forward to watching them grow up!! Thanks for starting this thread...it's gonna be fun!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

October 20, 2008
8:11 PM

Post #5695740

Wonderful pics Margaret! Looking forward to seeing more.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 20, 2008
10:14 PM

Post #5696199

OOOooooo, I see the baby!!!!
rntx22
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 21, 2008
6:45 AM

Post #5698124

I never would have seen it if you hadn't pointed it out! He's (or she's) so cute! it even has a tiny little eye stripe like mommy
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 21, 2008
8:53 AM

Post #5698261

In retrospect, I should have posted this first. This is where it all started.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 21, 2008
9:14 AM

Post #5698277

Now, from today. The chick's head is visible above the clump of frayed, yellow rope. Let your eyes move left in a line from her left claw and you should be able to spot it. Again I've had to crop heavily to provide the detail there is.

I thought I saw two chicks, but having a look at the six million shots I took on the computer when I got home, I couldn't see another one. Time will tell. The angle is just that bit too narrow to be able to see properly.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 21, 2008
9:23 AM

Post #5698292

Between her beak and the leg ring you may be able to see the chick's head facing her. The male had caught a fish and she was feeding it.

You know, the good thing about watching these two in their messy, cluttered nest is that it makes me feel a better housekeeper.

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OPbirder
Orchard Park, NY

October 24, 2008
10:01 AM

Post #5710855

Absolutely amazing sighting Margaret! I'm hooked. I'll keep an eye out for progress.

What is all that stuff? It's not all dead bodies I hope.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 24, 2008
11:43 AM

Post #5711010

Hey, good to hear from you OP. Good timing and I'm glad you're enjoying it. I had the most astonishing afternoon at the nest and not just because I've confirmed that there are indeed two babies.

These are of the two tiny chicks being fed by the mother. Her bung eye is visible. The male Osprey had just brought a fish to the nest.

This message was edited Jan 23, 2009 6:34 PM

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 24, 2008
11:47 AM

Post #5711016

Oh, by the way, OP, yes, they are dead bodies (just kidding). Their nest is so full of rubbish. The chicks are so well hidden, tucked down behind the bits of frayed rope, it's really difficult to get a good shot. Quality isn't the best, but I should be able to improve things when the chicks start growing and moving around a bit.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 24, 2008
12:04 PM

Post #5711056

This little bird is called a Willie Wagtail and it started harassing the male Osprey, who had gone to have a well-earned rest after his fishing expedition. I couldn't believe my good luck at what I was seeing. I snapped away like a crazy woman, eating up CF cards like a piranha. It was chattering away the whole time, trying to drive the Osprey away. Even though the Osprey's nesting tree is situated out over the water and not really close to anything else, the Willie Wagtail must have a nest nearby. These little birds are noted for their courage and will try to chase anything away that they consider to be too close.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

October 24, 2008
12:06 PM

Post #5711060

Great shots Margaret! Glad to see there are indeed 2 chicks!
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 24, 2008
12:24 PM

Post #5711126

Outstanding Margaret...can't wait to see the rest of the series!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 24, 2008
1:11 PM

Post #5711230

ooo! "Isn't she pretty?"
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 24, 2008
1:33 PM

Post #5711303

Thanks Pelle and Rose.

Brilliant, Mrs Ed!

When I first arrived at the site, this is what greeted me. Poor Osprey, they get no peace.

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wallaby1
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

October 24, 2008
1:50 PM

Post #5711360

Great to see the two chicks Margaret! Wow, weren't you the lucky one to be there at the start of it all! Lol! Are they Cormorants waiting for an easy meal?

How rich do you feel, lol, you could do with a longer lens but the chicks will grow bigger, making it easier. :) Can't wait to see them grow!

I did the same thing last year with a Wood Pigeon in my Oak tree, the chicks fledged in a week but were still dependant for a long time after, they could hardly fly! I lost the pics in a crash but put some on here if I could find them, it was last autumn when the leaves were turning.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 24, 2008
5:43 PM

Post #5712046

How exciting that there are 2 babies!!
Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

October 24, 2008
8:48 PM

Post #5712574

I really like the Willie Wagtail shot.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 24, 2008
10:27 PM

Post #5712814

Thanks Gary. I've been thinking that maybe it wasn't such a random event that I observed. If the Willie Wagtails have a nest close by, there's a fairly good chance that it will be repeated. Guess where I'm going today!

Nanny, I kinda suspected that there were two, but couldn't see pixelled proof. They are soooo tiny and when you see the parents with those gigantic claws moving about near them, sometimes grasping a fish, you wonder how they aren't trampled. They are just so gentle with the bubs.

Wallaby, I actually hired a longer focal length lens to take those shots, with maximum focal length of 500mm. I didn't have a tripod and it was real heavy. I've resisted getting a tripod because it's so cumbersome, but I think I may have to if I ever win the lotto and can afford a super fast, super focal length lens.
With the cormorants, I think they were just resting there.

cpartschick

cpartschick
Gladwin, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 25, 2008
10:49 AM

Post #5714154

Great series of pictures! We have the Osprey here, but I have never seen a nesting pair or a nest. Wonderful experience!

Thanks so much for sharing. (and I think you are doing a great job of getting the shots for all of us to see)
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 25, 2008
11:05 AM

Post #5714170

Good to see you've found it cparts and good timing.

I've jst finished downloading my fourteen trillion shots from this afternoon. I was pretty well preoccupied watching the Willie Wagtail tormenting both Ospreys in turn today. At one stage there were two Willie Wagtails at the poor male Osprey. Those magnificent birds have the most incredible tolerance levels.

This shot is marginally better than the previous ones of the babies. They moved away from the frayed rope and have also grown a wee bit.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 25, 2008
11:09 AM

Post #5714178

This shows the female on the nest and the male on the branch with the Willie Wagtail on his back.

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cpartschick

cpartschick
Gladwin, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 25, 2008
11:15 AM

Post #5714185

I have been working alot lately and haven't had the time to spend here as much as I like. Hate to miss great threads like this one.

More great pictures! It is amazing to me to see these big birds and see the smaller birds constantly harassing them. You would think when you are at the top of the bird chain, life would be easy, not so. We think we have it bad with pesky bugs bugging us!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 25, 2008
11:20 AM

Post #5714193

Zeroing in and chattering angrily all the way.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 25, 2008
11:25 AM

Post #5714205

Sorry cparts, I got one of those "whilst you were typing...". I was blown away by the Osprey's patience.

Caption not necessary.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 25, 2008
11:34 AM

Post #5714213

Both the chicks are there, but the second one isn't clear. I think this is probably the best shot of the chick so far.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 25, 2008
11:40 AM

Post #5714225

What was so funny is that after a minute or so of relentless bombardment, the Willie Wagtail would land on the dead branch next to his prey, catching his breath before it all started again.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 25, 2008
11:47 AM

Post #5714234

Where'd the little blighter go, love?

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 25, 2008
1:21 PM

Post #5714480

Today's pics are great Margaret!! This is a fabulous thread to follow each day!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

October 25, 2008
1:22 PM

Post #5714487

Tremendous shots Margaret!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 25, 2008
1:30 PM

Post #5714522

That little baby poking its head up cracks me up.
wallaby1
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

October 25, 2008
1:32 PM

Post #5714530

You're doing great getting those chicks, how's the soulders, lol! I can imagne how heavy the lens would be, I don't think it would be cheap to hire one here, but very expensive to buy one. A 600mm Nikor lens is around 6,000!

In a few days they will grow a lot, they look so tiny for such a big bird!

Fantastic shots of the WW, it must think it's big, lol, what courage to attack those birds.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 25, 2008
4:09 PM

Post #5714933

Tremendous shots Margaret...I am so enjoying this thread! Thanks for all the updates, so much fun seeing all the action. That WW is just a hoot!!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 26, 2008
1:59 PM

Post #5717911

Thanks you all for your comments. Here's a shot from today. I stopped off at he Osprey's nest on my way to work. Still not sharply focussed but the best so far.

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wallaby1
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

October 26, 2008
2:15 PM

Post #5717949

Now that is dedication! You got a shot worth the effort too, the chicks are looking perky with their watchful parents. It looks good to me!

cpartschick

cpartschick
Gladwin, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 26, 2008
7:38 PM

Post #5718914

The picture is incredible. You should be proud!
The parents look proud of their little guys.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

October 26, 2008
8:49 PM

Post #5719107

Wow Margaret, outstanding pictures. The spot you stand at, for the photos is so great for all the action going there. What a treat.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 26, 2008
10:25 PM

Post #5719545

Thanks. It is an amazing spot, perched above the beautiful Swan River. There's always something going on there, even if the Ospreys are inactive. Just after I took that photo, the male flew off and the female positioned herself to protect the chicks from the early afternoon sun.

Here's some kids having fun.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 27, 2008
4:58 AM

Post #5720714

From this morning. The male on the left had just brought a fish. Once again this isn't a clear shot, but the chicks are visible in front of the female.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 27, 2008
5:02 AM

Post #5720723

This is the same picture cropped to show the chicks doing what siblings do best. Squabbling!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 27, 2008
11:38 AM

Post #5721024

Very nice family portrait, that first one. Chicks squabbling...priceless!!
wallaby1
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

October 27, 2008
2:10 PM

Post #5721515

Wow, super shots Margaret! The chicks look like they have their beaks inside each others, perhaps trying to get the food! Gee you must never be at home, lol, hope you have an understanding other. :)

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

October 27, 2008
2:49 PM

Post #5721634

Good squabbling shot for photo contest?
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

October 27, 2008
10:24 PM

Post #5723311

LOL, love the squabbling shot Margaret!
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

October 28, 2008
12:11 PM

Post #5725160

Great pics, Margaret. It will be fun to watch them grow.
leeflea51
Golden, MS
(Zone 7a)

October 28, 2008
12:15 PM

Post #5725170

Hi gardenpom, aren't Margaret's pics fascinating? She is giving us quite the education on Aussie wildlife, esp., the birds. Lee
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 28, 2008
12:24 PM

Post #5725188

Thank you, everyone. It was raining, with sporadic thunderstorms today so didn't get to the nest. Went and bought chocolate instead. I did get down the swamp in the late afternoon.
leeflea51
Golden, MS
(Zone 7a)

October 28, 2008
12:25 PM

Post #5725194

Chocolate. Now that's a wonderful idea for my breakfast. Just had some lactose free milk. Yuk. Lee
OPbirder
Orchard Park, NY

October 29, 2008
9:40 AM

Post #5728710

CHOCOLATE! Now that's my gal! My DS brought me a chocolate pyramid. It has Belgian chocolate covering a mousse-like interior on top of a dense fudgey crust.

The photo with WW on pop's back gives true meaning to "get off my back!" Very brave little guy.

Post . . . 170 shows the great concentration and pride of the parents. I can see the babes are growing. Keeping fingers crossed that they continue to flourish!

I'm really living through your pics Margaret. Thanks.

MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
10:37 AM

Post #5728754

Well, I start with the sad news that there is only one baby. I bumped into a fellow birder at the outlook this afternoon and before we had confirmed this, he was telling me of a friend of his who studies Ospreys who had told him that usually (emphasise usually as there are exceptions to every rule) only one chick survives.

The male flew in with a fish not long after I arrived there. It's a bit too dark, but you'll get an idea

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
10:39 AM

Post #5728756

This one's a bit better.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
10:40 AM

Post #5728758

No 3

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
10:52 AM

Post #5728777

Here's the female on the nest when I first got there.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
10:56 AM

Post #5728784

The surviving chick has grown since I saw it two days ago. The female is just starting to feed it.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
10:58 AM

Post #5728786

Female and chick

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
11:07 AM

Post #5728798

If the chick was making a sound, I couldn't hear it but I like the way their beaks are both open. I wonder if the chick was imitating her.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
11:11 AM

Post #5728803

She is so gentle when she feeds it.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
11:16 AM

Post #5728808

She fed it for at least twenty minutes at the first sitting, then would interrupt her own meal to feed the chick every time it indicated that it had room for more.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
11:20 AM

Post #5728818

Hungry little soul

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cpartschick

cpartschick
Gladwin, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2008
11:24 AM

Post #5728826

Ah, the bitter sweet of watching nature. It is so sad to see the little ones not make it.

The little one left looks like it is doing quite well. What a treat to be watching this while I drink my coffee in the morning.

Thanks again so much for sharing your experience with all of us.

I have not seen any osprey here for a while, but they usually stick around until the water freezes, then a couple more days hunting at my bird feeders. They are a magnificent bird.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
11:25 AM

Post #5728829

Even though the focus isn't sharp, I'm not as unhappy as I was with the images I took at the nest on previous days.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
11:31 AM

Post #5728846

Thanks, cparts. Yes, it was quite a regretful pleasure I was getting from viewing this. In the back of my mind were thoughts of the missing chick.

I moved across to get a shot from a different angle. I quite like this one.

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cpartschick

cpartschick
Gladwin, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2008
11:34 AM

Post #5728849

Wow! are you climbing in the trees or what? :-)
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
11:36 AM

Post #5728854

Who could complain about life when they're sitting looking at an Osprey chick being fed and looking down on Bottlenose Dolphins cruising by below. Magic.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
11:41 AM

Post #5728868

The male went out onto one of his favoured perches to relax in the late afternoon sun, when guess who turns up to drive him crackers.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
11:46 AM

Post #5728880

The Willie Wagtail

cparts, I can't believe how privileged I am to have been given the OK to go onto this private land to take photos.

OP, the Willie Wagtails are astonishingly cheeky little birds. They have no concept of fear - or size for that matter.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
11:50 AM

Post #5728887

The nictitating membrane can be seen over the Osprey's eye as this wildly chattering little Wagtail danced all over its back and head.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
11:53 AM

Post #5728894

I just love the way the Willie Wagtail stops for a rest on the Osprey's back.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
11:58 AM

Post #5728906

I've cropped this one a bit more because of the difference in size that can be seen between the Ospreys oversized talons compared to the Willie Wagtail's tiny little claws.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
12:06 PM

Post #5728927

The sun started to go down behind the trees to the west (duh, of course it went down to the west) and put the protagonist and his target in heavy shadow. I love this shot.

Well, that's all from the Osprey's nest for the next couple of days as I have to go to work so I can afford to keep buying CF cards because I can't stand deleting things. (You all should see my pantry and fridge).

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 29, 2008
12:34 PM

Post #5729038

Margaret...I will have to repeat myself and say again how much I am enjoying this thread! Those pics of the female feeding the little one is too sweet and those shots with the Willy Wagtail are awesome. I think my favorites are the Willy Wagtail taking a rest and the last shot but I really love them all. Thanks for your hard work in bringing this to us!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

October 29, 2008
12:46 PM

Post #5729071

Margaret,This is such an entertaining thread! The shots are excellent and I absolutely love all of them,especially the 5th one.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

October 29, 2008
1:07 PM

Post #5729149

Sad news about the 2nd baby. I remember on "The Life of Birds" a sad portion concerning nesting Pelicans and how the largest baby knocks the others out of the nest on purpose. The Osprey looks a little annoyed on that one pic!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

October 29, 2008
1:41 PM

Post #5729276

I must have missed that about the second chick being gone. Sorry to hear that.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

October 29, 2008
1:45 PM

Post #5729291

Margaret, a great series of pictures. We are all entertained & learning a great deal. Lucy
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 29, 2008
1:57 PM

Post #5729328

Oh, Pelle, nature is so harsh. We know that awful things happen and can accept it, but when the reality strikes close to home, it is more difficult to accept. You're observing a new little life and suddenly that life is no more. Sad

Iris, I'm so glad you're enjoying it. I get a real buzz out of sharing with everyone.

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wallaby1
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

October 29, 2008
2:18 PM

Post #5729417

So sad about the other chick, but yes the strongest does push out the weakest to ensure survival of the fittest. As always, a very entertaining series of pics. Love the WW, and the patience of the Osprey, but coming in for attack from the front is too much, lol!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

October 29, 2008
3:59 PM

Post #5729862

It's always amazing to see your pic Margaret. Oh too bad for the other chick, I wouldn't have mind adopting it. That little Wagtail make me laugh. No enough to harass the big guy, but use it as a resting place awesome.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

October 29, 2008
6:24 PM

Post #5730310

Quoting:a friend of his who studies Ospreys who had told him that usually (emphasise usually as there are exceptions to every rule) only one chick survives

A lot depends on the situation - food availability, feeding time, etc. In Scotland, they regularly fledge 3, sometimes even 4 chicks, but they do have the big advantage of an 18-19 hour day in the summer. The converse up there is that they have to leave in the winter on a very long migration down to Africa, which adds many hazards. So what they gain on the swings (more young), they lose on the roundabouts (higher mortality on migration).

Resin

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 31, 2008
3:39 AM

Post #5735637

Your photos of the chick being tended to by mom are beautiful!! Just so fascinating..
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 31, 2008
3:17 PM

Post #5736706

It's after midnight and my brain is addled. Here's one of the shots I took before heading off to work this afternoon. The little chick has grown so much since yesterday. I'll post more in the morning.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 31, 2008
9:51 PM

Post #5737861

Getting sleepy

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 31, 2008
9:54 PM

Post #5737877

I had to head off to work. The chick was fast asleep.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

October 31, 2008
10:44 PM

Post #5738022

So adorable!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

October 31, 2008
11:07 PM

Post #5738078

When do chicks start getting feathers?

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 31, 2008
11:52 PM

Post #5738216

Yah, that chick looks like a bumpy chicken
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 1, 2008
5:42 AM

Post #5739310

Yes, Pelle, it is really gorgeous. I probably won't go down there again for another couple of days. Work really does get in the way of a good time.

LOL Mrs Ed, that's exactly what I thought it looked like.

Iris, I'm not sure when the feathers will start coming through.

What I have noticed is that the chick mirrors the parents actions quite frequently.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 1, 2008
10:35 PM

Post #5741206

LOL about the bumpy chicken!! That's what was going through my head too!!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 1, 2008
10:37 PM

Post #5741208

Maybe we could knit a little coat for it!
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

November 2, 2008
12:35 PM

Post #5742959

Another great series, Margaret. Our Osprey have long departed. What an opportunity you have in being able to photograph from above !
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 2, 2008
1:36 PM

Post #5743105

linth, I'm glad you're enjoying it. I feel as if I've been dropped into heaven. I can't believe I am in such a privileged position. I won't be able to get down there tomorrow but may be able to on my way to work on Tuesday. I'm longing to see what the little chick looks like now.

Nanny, sorry this response is a bit late. The incredible gentleness of this big bird with the over sized talons picking her way gently towards the chick and then feeding it tiny bits of fish with that great big beak over a period of about half an hour is an honour to watch.

This shot is from a week ago, but in the absence of anything really new, thought another one of the Willie Wagtail driving poor Dad crazy might be amusing.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

November 2, 2008
1:45 PM

Post #5743135

That's a great one Margaret!
wallaby1
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

November 2, 2008
2:26 PM

Post #5743301

As linth says, what a rare opportunity to take pics from above! Love the chick imitating the parent, have you noticed how a new cat accepted into the area will 'copy cat' a top cat in the way they copy their sitting position?

Thanks for that last pic of the WW. I needed a good laugh!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 2, 2008
8:06 PM

Post #5744362

That shot is a doulble WOW!!!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 5, 2008
10:42 AM

Post #5754455

Well I finally got back to the Osprey's nest today. It was a cold, wet day in Perth. When I first arrived, the female was on the nest. After a while she got up and moved out onto a branch and took her sweet time, having a luxurious stretch. I wasn't sure if I was seeing the chick, but there was this wet looking shape where she had just got up from. I watched and waited and I began to feel really apprehensive as this shape wasn't moving and it was drizzling and I thought if it is the chick and it's already wet, then being in the cold drizzle won't help things.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 5, 2008
10:55 AM

Post #5754460

This is all I could see - and it wasn't moving.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 5, 2008
10:58 AM

Post #5754464

She started moving back down to the nest after several minutes.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 5, 2008
11:01 AM

Post #5754470

Then the male arrived with a fish which made me cautiously optimistic.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 5, 2008
11:06 AM

Post #5754475

She's on the right of the picture. Just to the side of her leg with the band on it, if you look towards the centre you may see a round, brown shape. That's junior's head.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 5, 2008
11:14 AM

Post #5754486

Finally the little one came into view. It's bigger and so much darker than when I saw it last. It seems as if the Ospreys are fair game for anything. Pity I didn't get a shot of it, but the male was being hounded by a falcon when he was bring the fish in.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 5, 2008
11:19 AM

Post #5754489

Open wide

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 5, 2008
11:22 AM

Post #5754494

More

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 5, 2008
11:28 AM

Post #5754501

You can see the chicks crop filling up,

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wallaby1
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

November 5, 2008
12:02 PM

Post #5754541

Fantastic shots Margaret! Daddy looks very attentive and proud! What a great opportunity this is for you!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 5, 2008
12:04 PM

Post #5754545

Its crop is bulging.

Thanks Wallaby. It's unbelievable that I can do this whenever I'm not working.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 5, 2008
12:15 PM

Post #5754556

She watches as the chick moves a few inches away, satiated.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 5, 2008
12:23 PM

Post #5754569

The Willie Wagtails left the Ospreys alone because these two Kookaburras were close by, and unlike the Ospreys, they will take chicks. I saw at least four Willie Wagtail babies on the track under my observation area. The two adults would fly up to me and land about 2' from me, not chattering aggressively as would normally be expected. I put my hand out on a few occasions and got within an inch of one of them hopping onto my hand.

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

November 5, 2008
2:27 PM

Post #5754864

Fantastic shots, Margaret. Do you have a movie camera ? Since you have this great viewing position it would be nice
to capture some video also.
kniphofia
Morpeth
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

November 5, 2008
6:04 PM

Post #5755575

What an extraordinary thread this is Margaret, we're so lucky to be able to share this experience with you!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

November 5, 2008
11:21 PM

Post #5756680

This is an amazing thread! Thanks so much Margaret!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 5, 2008
11:25 PM

Post #5756700

Wow that chick is growing fast, and it is much darker than last week.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 5, 2008
11:39 PM

Post #5756753

Thanks knip, it would be a sad thing if I kept this to myself. It's bucketing down today, so doubt that I'll get there. Then work the next two days, although I should be able to stop off on my way to or from work, when it will hopefully be brighter than yesterday.

linth, coming from you, with your current shots of the magnificent Bald Eagles and previous posts on Ospreys, that's high praise indeed. Thanks. I'll think of hiring a ?DVD recorder.

Yes, Nanny, that's what surprised me as well. Shame the two of them didn't survive.

Pelle, thank you.

I don't think I've posted this before. It was taken a week ago.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

November 6, 2008
1:08 AM

Post #5757110

It continues to amaze me to see this scenario. The male such a good provider, and female a great attentive mother. Thanks.
leeflea51
Golden, MS
(Zone 7a)

November 6, 2008
1:14 PM

Post #5758343

Margaret, Keep on posting. Lee
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 7, 2008
11:23 AM

Post #5762081

Thank you, Burn and Lee. I'm more than happy to keep sharing.

As always, I have to crop heavily to show the chick, otherwise it wouldn't be able to be distinguished from the sticks and detritus is in nest. I took this shot about four hours ago.

Someone asked if the parents ever left the nest unattended. Well, now I can say, yes they do. Both adult birds were away for about twenty minutes this afternoon.

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kniphofia
Morpeth
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2008
11:25 AM

Post #5762084

Blimey, he's growing like a weed!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 7, 2008
11:54 AM

Post #5762119

"I'll go and G-E-T some F-I-S-H".

You're right Knip. It's just fascinating to watch.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 7, 2008
1:49 PM

Post #5762411

LMBO Margaret.
tmbolin
crossville, TN
(Zone 7a)

November 7, 2008
2:14 PM

Post #5762500

Wonderful pics and thread! What a lovely place you live in.

Tina
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 7, 2008
2:26 PM

Post #5762551

Thank you so much, Tina. Glad you're enjoying it. It is a pretty special place.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 7, 2008
2:57 PM

Post #5762660

Quoting:Someone asked if the parents ever left the nest unattended. Well, now I can say, yes they do. Both adult birds were away for about twenty minutes this afternoon.

The older the chick gets, the more they'll do so - it is large enough to get by on its own for a while now, and needs more feeding. But the first 2 weeks, the mother guards it constantly, as it would otherwise be at risk from crows, etc., while still very small.

Resin
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 7, 2008
6:17 PM

Post #5763412

Seems like Dad would appreciate the help with fishing about now and Mom has the nest version of "cabin fever"
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 10, 2008
9:37 AM

Post #5773059

I went to the nest site again today. The chick is certainly growing and could be heard very clearly. The male had just brought a fish in and the female commenced the usual half hour or so of feeding it, ever so gently.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 10, 2008
9:40 AM

Post #5773060

Another. The male has been bringing additional sticks to build up the sides of the nest. There was one stick that kept getting in the way.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 10, 2008
9:43 AM

Post #5773061

In this shot the chick has turned its head sideways, showing its bird of prey profile.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 10, 2008
9:46 AM

Post #5773065

It is becoming more mobile and aware of its surroundings.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 10, 2008
9:48 AM

Post #5773067

It's starting to move all around the nest.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 10, 2008
9:50 AM

Post #5773069

It kept looking up at its mother, clearly wanting to get up there with her.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 10, 2008
9:54 AM

Post #5773071

I love this shot. Pity the female had her head hidden deep within a preen.

I took a zillion more shots, but that's it for today. I hope you are continuing to enjoy them as much as I do in sharing little Aussie's early days.



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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 10, 2008
10:08 AM

Post #5773077

Sorry, I lied. Couldn't resist this one of the female. After she'd finished feeding the chick she took off, leaving Pop to keep an eye on things. She reappeared on a low branch, obviously having had a bath. Gorgeous girl

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kniphofia
Morpeth
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

November 10, 2008
10:19 AM

Post #5773082

Well I for one am certainly still riveted to this thread Margaret! I notice in your last shot that she has a ring on her leg.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 10, 2008
10:37 AM

Post #5773097

Thanks, Knip. Yes, the female has the band on her right leg and has a ? blind left eye. I don't know if she was banded after being injured and rehabilitated or something.
leeflea51
Golden, MS
(Zone 7a)

November 10, 2008
11:00 AM

Post #5773105

Margaret, The nestling is truly endearing. Keen eye kniphofia has as I didn't notice the band on the leg.
Busy day, must run and start the process of getting ready. Lee
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

November 10, 2008
12:31 PM

Post #5773215

The chick is so adorable! Great pics Margaret!
wallaby1
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

November 10, 2008
3:13 PM

Post #5773732

Marvellous shots as usual Margaret! It's interesting that the male is building up the sides of the nest as the baby becomes more active, rather like using a safely gate at the top of the stairs for a toddler.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 10, 2008
9:23 PM

Post #5775019

I love seeing what you found each day! The chick is really growing by leaps and bounds. I would be a nervous wreck worrying about it falling out of the nest!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 10, 2008
9:30 PM

Post #5775101

Quoting:It's interesting that the male is building up the sides of the nest as the baby becomes more active

Also so that all the nest debris (fish bones, etc) gets buried and the chick has something nicer to sit on!

There's some evidence too that at least some birds seek out and bring in fresh foliage selected for insecticidal properties, to keep down numbers of fleas and lice in the nest.

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 10, 2008
10:02 PM

Post #5775258

Resin, that's VERY interesting about the insecticidal nest-keeping.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 10, 2008
10:42 PM

Post #5775407

Thank you for your comments, Pelle, Lee, Nanny and Wallaby. It remains such a wonderful experience and is getting more enthralling as the chick grows and starts to explore its environment. I definitely need a longer lens.

Good analogy about the safety gate, Wallaby.

Resin, I have seen the male bring in twigs with fresh eucalyptus (gum) leaves attached. Makes sense now, as eucalyptus is know for its cleansing, anti-bacterial properties.

Mafternoon, Mrs Ed

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 10, 2008
11:49 PM

Post #5775633

Mevening, margaret.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

November 11, 2008
1:27 PM

Post #5777457

Hi Margaret, You might want to think about starting part 2 of this wonderful thread soon.
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

November 11, 2008
5:55 PM

Post #5778471

Margaret that chick is growing so fast and changing colors too! I am truly enjoying seeing this family and thanks so much for your updates! It is wonderful to see up close the habits of these gorgeous birds! Thanks again!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 12, 2008
1:13 AM

Post #5780218

Thanks Rose, it really is a delight to behold.

Pelle, I will start a second volume, but I'll need to be led through the link thing again. ? tomorrow (13th)
Toklat
Pretoria
South Africa

November 12, 2008
6:13 AM

Post #5781326

Hi Margaret, can't tell you all how fascinated I am by this site and all the Best info and pics . Finally I can SEE all those beauties in other countries. Thanks sooo much for your efforts and sharing! Very much appreciated.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 13, 2008
1:14 AM

Post #5784388

Page number 2 starts. Please join me there. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/923348/

Thanks for you comments Taklat. Glad you're enjoying it.

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