Yesterday at the Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge I stopped to check on an Osprey couple. At the same time, the male Osprey flew back to the nest with a sizable fish in his claws. He glided by the female who was sitting in the nest incubating.
Female Osprey incubating.
Then he went to a perch and proceeded to eat the head of the fish.
Male Osprey eating fish head.
After about 15 minutes, the male Osprey probably had its fill, stopped eating and defecated!
Male Osprey defecating.
Then he took the fish to his patient mate. She saw him flying to her and rose up in their nest.
Female Osprey getting up.
He gave her the fish.
Fish hand over.
She grabbed what remained of the fish and flew away to the same perch he had used.
Female Osprey leaving nest with fish.
At the perch, before she ate, she looked back one more time to make sure that he was going to sit on their eggs.
Female Osprey checking on her mate before eating: Dear, are you sitting down?
He of course sat down and took his turn incubating.
Male Osprey preparing to incubate: Don’t worry honey, I am doing my part.
Only then did she start eating.