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Female Osprey-Pandion haliaetus | by Kim Taylor Hull
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Female Osprey-Pandion haliaetus

Ma Osprey doing a fly by with a HUGE catfish. Ma probably is trying to get some meat on her bones before she takes off in about 5 to 6 weeks for South America. Earlier Osprey Chick 1 and 3 were sitting in a tree begging for dinner. Chick 1 eventually caught its own fish and flew off to eat. Leaving Chick 3 to beg and wait and beg and wait and beg and wait. Pops later delivered a fish.

  

Also as my friend Mara 1 pointed out it won't be much longer and our Osprey's will migrate for the winter. :( The female leaves first - leaving Pops with the kids. I suspect like last year Chick 1 will start staying further from thet nest - returning once in a while - and Chick 3 will continue to work on those fishing skills. Pops will continue to feed the Chick if needed and by the end of October or at least mid October they will all will be gone.

    

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Taken on August 4, 2009