23 May 2011

The Photo Gallery has been updated with 41 new images.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for updating the Photo Gallery. The pictures are great and they let us see just how the little chicks have changed.

From the looks of the nest this afternoon, I would say that mama and papa need to do more work building up the edges. It appears that what was built up last week has slowly fallen apart. These little ones need to be safe in the nest for a while yet.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the new photos and camera angle/zoom out.

Yeah, looks as if the nest edges seem some work.

Peter

moderator said...

Hey Peter,

With Bea and the chicks not in the nest bowl and further out we moved the camera angle up which shows more of the nest.

Anonymous said...

4:09 is one chick under Momma trying to eat from the small fish on his/her own?

Peter

moderator said...

Hey Peter,

I saw that yesterday as well. It appeared that the chick was pecking at the fish. Bea will still feed the chicks as they are still unable to tear away the meat.

Anonymous said...

That appears to be one HUGE flounder!

Peter

moderator said...

It is. I need to find Jasper's flounder spot.

Anonymous said...

Interesting shot of Bea's left claw holding the fish, with the opposable (sp?) "thumb" seen clearly. Looks kinda like a monkey's hand.

Peter

moderator said...

The Osprey has four equal toes. The outer one is reversible, enabling the bird to seize its prey with two toes pointing forwards and two pointing backwards. A long, sharp, curved claw on each toe, and short, rigid spikes, known as spicules, on the sole of each foot, give the bird a firm grip on its slippery prey, which nearly always consists of fish that the bird catches alive, hence its nickname of fishing eagle or fish hawk.

Anonymous said...

The chicks seem to gravitate to the shadow of the camera, which is near one corner of the nest right now. Is this a pattern, or just a coincidence today? How hot is it there? Thanks.

Peter

moderator said...

Good morning Peter,

It's about 77 - 79 degrees. There should be a temperature widget on the top right of the cam page.

The chicks usually move to a shaded area to keep cool. The past few days have been extremely hot so I'm sure their trying to keep as cool as possible as well as hydrated. Ospreys do not drink water as other birds since they are get their water from the fish they eat.

Anonymous said...

Strange, I never thought about the chicks moving to she shade. Makes sense. Mama's doing a good job of spreading her wings to help out.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Looks as if she has been eating that pine cone on the right edge of the picture?

Peter

moderator said...

Hey Peter,

She may have, though I haven't seen her do so.