Our Growing Osprey Family

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The Fledgling.

The osprey chicks don’t look much like chicks anymore.  They are nearly fledglings.

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Feeding the babies.

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Parent brings a fish.  They have grown fast and eat the fish on their own.

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Careful where you stand while taking pictures.

Projectile poop keeps the nest clean.

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Sorry, didn’t see you there, hehehe.

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Wing exercise is important preparation for that first flight.

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The osprey parents are constantly flying in and out with fish.

We hit a hot spell a little while back, 109 F one day and 111 F the next.  Osprey will fluff up their feathers and pant like a dog in the heat.  When it gets that hot one of the osprey parents will stay in the nest and shade the chicks.

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It’s been hot here!

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It’s really hot on the tower.

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This hot neighboring osprey shades it’s babies.

55 thoughts on “Our Growing Osprey Family

  1. The sketch is really beautiful. You are fortunate to be up close and while not quite personal 🙂 these birds have given you a trememdous gift of being able to share the nesting pair and their off spring with your readers. Thanks so much Tim. Tis wonderful for all.

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    • It has been fun to follow them along with all of you. Fortunately, they are so convenient for me to keep an eye on. I do worry that they will do something spectacular on the weekend when I not around!

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  2. So do they ever nest in trees? It’s gotta be a lot cooler than on top of a metal tower. I like the “projectile poop” idea. Maybe think about adapting it to lots of other situations…

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  3. Heck thats HOT . phew feel myself melting ..
    Glad to catch up with the Osprey youngsters .. the time has gone by so quickly.. seems we were only just waiting for the Lady love to turn up 😉
    Beautiful drawing Tim .

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  4. Awesome drawing! I spent a few years in Florida and saw osprey daily. They are very cool birds. They nest in some odds places. One pair had a nest in a hwy sign. Projectile poop was always a concern to me in a convertible! 109F. Wow, I just had a hot flash!

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    • It is supposed to be 105 today and reaching 112 by next Tuesday. More hot flashes to come! I took a lot of pictures this year of other local nests that I will post. They do pick odd places indeed.

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  5. Wow fantastic drawing Tim and love the update on the little ones. Actually not that little any more – poor things they have to be roasting up there @ 109!

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  6. It’s so interesting to follow this osprey family, thanks for sharing all this, and your great drawings! So what can you expect when the young birds are big enough to move out, would they settle somewhere nearby, or more likely move far away from their parents and disappear, beyond the reach of your camera?

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    • I’m not sure where they will go. I imagine they will fish up and down the river with their parents for the Summer. Then they migrate away in the Fall. I expect they will return and nest in the vicinity, but I don’t really know.

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  7. Amazing ink image! Wonderful feathers and texture! Egad, that heat! I hope you (and the birds) don’t suffer too badly. So neat that you got to watch them grow up!

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    • Thank you Cindy. It is supposed to hit 111 F today and 112 F tomorrow. The entire family was in the tower this morning. I keep expecting the youngsters to fly down to the oak trees by the river. They are at the age that they should fledge any day. I worry about them when it get this hot.

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  8. Incredible sketch of the Osprey. I didn’t realize that they panted like that. I think it’s really wonderful how they shade their young from the heat.

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  9. Tim, wonderful sketches. You have such an eye for beauty and detail (hence you’re an artist!). I love the photos in between, too.

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