A pair of Ospreys that I have been observing every time I drive through the Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge must have young chicks by now, although they remain unseen in their nest. Yesterday, the mother was not incubating but standing guard at one side of the nest.
About a minute later, her mate, who is quite a handyman (handybird?) returned with some twigs to build up the nest even higher.
He started rearranging things as she watched.
Suddenly, she jumped in.
She grabbed the remaining part of the fish which was her meal, after he had previously eaten the head.
Holding the fish with her feet, she circled the nest.
Then she landed back.
She proceeded to eat the fish while the handyman kept working on their nest.
The refuge has seven or more Osprey nests, but this couple has the best looking and well-built fortress.