Ospreys have been back at the Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge for at least two weeks already. Yesterday, I saw four nests that had been built up by them with twigs and branches. At one of them, the male Osprey was eating a fish on a perch not far from the nest where the female was incubating. By the time I got set up with my camera and tripod, he had finished eating the head and took the rest of the fish to her.
Male Osprey taking fish to female.
Male Osprey bringing fish to female in nest.
Female Osprey: “I’m going to eat this nice fish. Meanwhile you keep an eye on my eggs, won’t you?”
Female Osprey flying away with fish.
She made a wide loop, perhaps making sure that the guy with the camera was harmless enough.
She circled back to the same perch he used and started eating.
After a bite, she stopped to check on her mate:”Dear, are you watching those eggs?”
“Sure thing, honey!”