Osprey portrait in pen and ink.
The osprey family has been quite busy lately. The young birds have been practicing for their first flight.
The parents had been flying around the tower trying to entice the fledglings to take wing.
Then the heat came. We had seven straight days over 108 and it peaked at 116. It was way too hot in the nest tower!
This was the incentive to motivate the young osprey to fly. After the first day of extreme heat, they fled the tower.
Down along the river in the shady oak trees is where they took refuge.
When the heat settled down, back to the tower they went. After, being in the tree I thought they might not return to the tower. As it turns out they weren’t entirely ready to give up the nest.
They still want to roost there at night, and they know this is where they get fed. They are like teenagers that still depend on mom and dad.
The parents seem to debate each other whose turn it is to take care of the noisy offspring. They rarely go into the nest anymore unless they are dropping off a fresh fish meal.