14 June 2009

GJ has finally taken flight away from the nest. The next skill GJ and MG must master is fishing to become independent of their parents.

8 comments:

Carol said...

FINALLY! But he/she looks exhausted right now. Is he/she o.k.?

moderator said...

Haven't noticed anything strange with GJ, but will watch to make sure. Could be that GJ is hungry?

toni said...

It looks like mom has returned to survey the empty nest. I want to tell her that she and dad did a great job! As well as you folks at PE. What a wonderful experience!
Toni

Realist said...

Missed GJ's initial takeoff...that's two out of two! Nest bare now, so it's a whole new world there. Guess that's why it's called "the empty nest syndrome" when human kids leave home for good.

Anonymous said...

Now it looks like dad brought in a fish, but no one to share it with!
Toni

Realist said...

MG Moderator: I hope it's OK to post a quote from another blog regarding interesting facts about the osprey and its ability to catch fish:

"Osprey are particularly suited to catch fish, their primary food source. They possess a reversible fourth toe which allows them to grasp fish more securely by positioning two toes forward and two toes back. Also, the undersides of an osprey’s feet are covered in spiny spicules which prevent fish from wriggling free. They plunge feet first into the water to seize prey and may even submerge completely. A little known adaptation that facilitates these dives is the bird’s ability to close its nostrils."

From: 1000birds.com

Carol said...

How do the parents teach the kids how to fish? Do both parents participate? Does Dad stop bringing "home the bacon" now?

Anonymous said...

It looks like GJ and MG will be returning to the nest for a while--until they get proficient at catching their own food, and until they are ready to leave mama and papa, who have taken such good care of them. It's amazing to think that one day they'll just fly off.

Vivian