I receive a daily email from a birder who shared pictures of one of the Osprey chicks or fledglings flying. Yesterday, May 20, I went to Robb Field to see what I could see, so to speak.
The female juvenile Osprey (photo below left) came down to the baseball field. I believe she was the first born. A little while later the brother came to visit. (photo below right) I enjoyed seeing them so close. I could see that the Mother was watching closely from the nest as they sat on the fence, about 10 feet above the ground.
A birder who has been watching the Osprey's for a number of years decided that the young'ens had been exposed to the humans long enough. So, he advised me to get ready to take a picture of them in flight. Then, I supposed he just clapped the fence to cause them to take flight. I was so busy concentrating on getting a good picture, I don't actually know what he did. But, the female immediately took flight. Not being adept at photographing birds in flight, I barely caught a photo of the female (photo below left). The male didn't respond as quickly, but when he did, I was able to get the photo on the right.
As I walked to the Osprey nest, I was buzzed by some Barn Swallows. Now getting a photo of them with their swift maneuvers was a challenge.
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