I saw the first Ospreys for this year at the refuge less than a week ago. One of them was very busy building her nest on a platform.
Osprey building nest. Atlantic City in background.
At another part of the refuge, a pair of Ospreys was making distinct noises. Was the female telling her mate to go fishing?
Pair of Ospreys.
After several minutes, he had enough and flew away to land on half of a fish that he must have brought in earlier and left on the ground not far from their nest .
Male Osprey landing toward part of a fish.
Male Osprey landing on part of a fish.
He just stood on the fish for a long time as she kept calling out to him. Was she still hungry?
Female Osprey calling her mate.
He would not budge, and at times appeared to take a nap!
She flew up to a top pole of the nest platform, and kept calling for him.
Female Osprey flying up.
He did not move until a Crow flew in.
Crow landing near male Osprey.
Another Crow showed up.
Two Crows surrounding male Osprey.
The Crows definitely wanted the rest of the fish but the Osprey held on. The female Osprey kept calling out.
Female Osprey: “Dear, you better hang on to that fish!”
He held on firmly.
Male Osprey: “Don’t worry! I got the situation under control here.”
Crows and Osprey.
One of the Crows started cawing, perhaps calling for reinforcement. The standoff went on for much longer, but I had to leave. Crows are known to attack Ospreys at times, so I am not sure whether these two Ospreys were able to keep their fish or not.