Monday, July 15, 2013

So You Think You Can Fly

For the past week or so I've watched the juvenile Osprey spend a great deal of its time preparing for its big upcoming adventure...fledging!


For up to 2 weeks before fledging, juvenile Ospreys prepare by exercising their wings.


For the past few days, the Osprey has been lifting off and hovering above the nest (also known as helicoptering).


Each time I see this, I'm certain the Osprey is just going to take off, but it doesn't.




I think the Osprey was even practicing its fishing catching technique.


Well, yesterday was the big day. The juvenile Osprey finally left the nest! Its first landing place was a large branch just above the nest. The Osprey stayed there for several hours. Some serious drama erupted during this time as a wayward juvenile from another nest decided to be a nest crasher...(my next post). The Osprey took a few flights later in the day as its mom shadowed close behind. 



27 comments:

  1. You captured the juvenile Osprey's actions beautifully- each shot is priceless Tammy. I enjoy your commentary as well.

    I can not wait what happened next with the nest crasher!

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  2. Beautiful pictures Tammy.
    So great the juvenile osprey.
    Regards, Irma

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  3. As always, you're so humorous about these events!

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  4. fabulous shots! gorgeous wing action and feather patterns!

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  5. Hola Tammy fabulosas imgenes de los jovenes aguiluchos ejercitando sus alas.Un abrazo

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  6. Superb images, Tammy! Who need television when you can watch action like this?

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  7. Hi Tammy!
    Stunning serie of the osprey.
    Have a nice week
    /Ingemar

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  8. Wat een prachtige serie is dit,dit heb ik nog mnooit gezien wat moet dat mooi zijn om van dichtbij te kunnen meemaken.

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  9. Hi!
    In some days I think he can do it, Tammy ! Beautiful bird this osprey. Have a Nice week

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  10. Great photos. It would be awesome getting to capture these birds first flight!!

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  11. that is just so darn cute. Great shots.

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  12. Great to see him flapping! Nice action shots.

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  13. What a great thing to watch and lovely illustration in photos :-)

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  14. Seriously good Tammy, what a privilege to watch and photograph.

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  15. Que maravilla querida Tammy, simplemente unas imágenes increibles.

    Saludos desde Extremadura

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  16. Wow!!!.. Truly impressive!!!. fantastic picks of this gorgeous Osprey.. Bravo my friend.. :-)))

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  17. OMG Tammy, just when I think I've seen the best of your shots you go and do it again, they are just fantastic, you make me sick ;-) I just love them, can't waite to show my Daughter.
    Take care, Gordon.

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  18. Isn't their wing span magnificent! Excellent shots Tammy!
    xo Catherine

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  19. Hello Tammy,
    Great that you could wait to watch for this moment of the time of starting to fly. That must be fantastic to see in real. You've made amazing shots of this great moment. Wonderful!!

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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  20. Wow, what a cool sight to see! Awesome Osprey shots!

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  21. Amazing set of pictures, I hope you get the chance to capture it's madden flight too!

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  22. Beauty. The Osprey has got love in their eyes. Cheers Tammy.

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  23. Very cool, I think that's what I saw one of "my" young Ospreys doing the other day... So fun to watch.

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  24. I love this series; highlighting its imminent take-off.

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