It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s …
It’s NOT a great blue heron!
The herons have allowed a guest bird in their blog today, an osprey. What fun!
There are several osprey at the lake, and I’ve been watching the one shown in this post since 2009. This osprey can be found perching in several specific trees throughout the day, and in Autumn it seems to follow the sunlight around the lake. The tall pine in the photo above is a good afternoon spot, where it can bask in the warming sun on a chilly day.
This osprey is very curious and frequently makes direct fly-overs of my kayak, perhaps to see if I have any fish – I don’t – or just because of some other bird reason unknown to man. On many occasions, it has landed on the limbs of a tree directly above my kayak while I’ve been snugged against the shore relaxing.
A favorite morning spot for this osprey is a tall, dead pine where it can perch high up with an unobstructed view of two coves, the channel, and one of the tunnels.
Early one day, when I was settled against the shore underneath that tree, photographing a great blue heron across the way, a large shadow passed overhead. I took the camera away from my eye and looked up to see the osprey landing in the tree directly above me. It perched there for a while, and I resumed photographing the heron.
The tree is across from a place that has been a favorite fishing spot for the herons over the years. I’ve seen the herons catch some very large trout and bass and sunfish there. Maybe the osprey watching the herons fishing there is on the lookout for any fish that escape the heron’s bills? With their keen eyesight, the osprey could easily track any that get away and swoop in for the kill. Perhaps it’s a symbiotic relationship between osprey and heron. That’s my
story theory and I’m sticking to it.
Another osprey that has the southern end of the lake for territory also does the same thing – whenever I’m paddling there, the osprey approaches directly overhead as if to check things out. Maybe they recognize my boat after all these years? I always wear the exact same colors for each outing, so perhaps that makes me memorable to them.
Whatever the reason for the ospreys’ curiousity, I love their presence.
Thanks to the kind folks at Skywatch Friday.
Thanks also to Ailsa and WordPress for the Travel Theme: Height challenge.
Thanks again to Prairiebirder Charlotte for her Feathers on Friday prompt.
And thanks once more to Michelle for the Weekly Pet Challenge Roundup nudge.
(The photos here were taken October, 2009 and August, 2013)
© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)
Posted on October 11, 2013, in ardea herodias, Bird photography, daily prompt, Feathers on Friday, Great Blue Heron, Nature Photography, Osprey, postaday, Skywatch Friday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Weekly Travel Themes, Wildlife Photography and tagged great blue heron, osprey, postaday, skywatch friday. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.