It’s an Osprey Nest!
It was mid day. Not a time to be photographing much because of the harsh light. I was on my way to Hidden Falls behind Jenny Lake in the Grand Teton National Park to get an idea of how I might set up to photograph it very early the next morning. From a distance, I saw this……
It’s an Osprey nest. What seemed odd to me was the Raven that seemed intent on getting into the nest. There was one Osprey in the nest at the time and it seem to be defending it. I knew that there shouldn’t be any very young Ospreys in the nest because it’s just about time for them to fly south for the winter. Ospreys are fish eaters. Once the lake freezes, they’ve got to migrate to where there is ample open water for them to get fish.
As I got closer, I saw that there were two Ospreys. Both were trying to keep the Raven at bay and out of their nest. The Raven was extremely persistent so much so that it eventually won out. The two Ospreys left the nest. The Raven quickly got in the nest and got a beak full of something. I’m guessing that it must have been some fish scraps that the Ospreys had not yet eaten.
While the light was not the best, I think I got a few decent shots of the drama. However, I decided right then and there that I’d be coming back in the morning when the light was better. I hoped to try to get some decent shots of the Osprey on the wing.
The two Osprey were there the next morning. While they were both squawking, one was in the nest really making a racket while the other was on a branch close by. It was as though the one in the nest was saying “feed me…. feed me… feed me!” While the other one was saying, “Go feed yourself!” This went on for about fifteen or twenty minutes.
After a while, the one on the branch finally flew away. I knew then, all I had to do was wait and hope that the light would be in the right spot when it returned to get a decent photo. I waited almost an hour when it finally flew back.
As I had hoped, It flew back with a fish in its talons. As you can see, the head of the fish is gone. I’ve learned when Osprey feed their young, they kill the fish before giving it to them. Often, they will have eaten the head. It probably serves two purposes. Not only is the fish dead for the young to eat, but they also get a bite for themselves. When their young are older, they’re known give to them live fish so they will learn to kill the fish themselves.
The youngster didn’t wait until it was served at the nest. When it saw what was coming, it flew to intercept it. I didn’t get to see them eat the fish because they flew out of my sight with it. However, I think these shots of them were well worth my wait. As a matter of fact, they may just be the best photographs of this trip. None the less, it was very cool to watch and photograph.
Some have said that I’m very lucky and I would not disagree. I AM VERY Lucky! But ….. You know….. it seems, the more planning I do, the luckier I get.
I never did get to photograph Hidden Falls but I think these last three photographs make up for it. What do you think?
Lesson learned…… Just because you have your mind set on one thing, keep your eyes open for other opportunities too. Some may turn out better than you might have hoped for.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these magnificent birds.
Thanks for coming by.