Bald Eagle Talent Contest – Oct. 9th, 2014

A few days ago, a pair of bald eagles appeared in one of the recently vacated osprey nests on the edge of Barnegat Bay, (Ocean County) New Jersey.  As seen from a few hundred yards offshore, they apparently were playing ‘one up-manship,’ although I have no idea of what their gender was. (?!) For the captions, the “wife” is initially in the nest, with the “husband” on the perch. 

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This post contains 18 relatively hi res images, so you can click or finger stretch to see better, or if short on time, simply browse the images. 

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Wife:   “I stand in this nest facing south”
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W:   “And now, I’m facing north!”                         Husband:   “Boring!”
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W:   “And, Now, I’m facing west!!!”                  H:   “Whooo! Soo talented!!! Now, WATCH THIS….”
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                                                                           Wife:   “Ahhhhhh! ”                    “H:   “BOO!”                                                          
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H:   “First Step – ‘Walk this Way!’ “
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H:   “Second Step – ‘Ready for Liftoff!’ “
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H:   “Third Step – ‘Ahhh such form…!’ “
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H:   “Fourth Step –  ‘Touchdown with style!’ ”                    W:   “Jerk!”
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H:   “What did you say?”
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H:   “Like, you could do it BETTER?????”
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W:   “You’re an idiot!”
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                                                    H:   (Shocked!!!)           W:   (Looks away, unapologetically.)                                                                                                                                                              
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W:   (Planning her  response….)
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W:   “With graceful agility, I gently levitate.”
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             H:   (He looks away, pretends not to see.)          W:   “Yes, I NAILED IT!!
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      H:   “Hmmph! ”        W:   (Takes a bow!)
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W:   (With the antics of the morning over…)   “…Who’s that guy out there in the boat?”

Family Matters: Osprey mom deals with kid

A precious capture of a juvenile/mother relationship: early independent flight, motherly reprimand and reward.

This post contains 30 quick browse images, time stamps and captions.

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8/8/14, Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. 6:22:43 PM EDT. Mother Osprey on left; weeks old fledgling waiting for mom to look the other way – on right
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6:22:43, (+1 second) Jr.: “OK, OK, Mom’s not looking, now’s my chance….”
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6:22:44 (+ 2 seconds) Jr.: “I’m going for it!”
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6:22:46 (+ 3 seconds) Jr.: “I’m free, I’m free, whooo!!!
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6:22:47 (+ 4 seconds) Jr.: “Whoo, keep it steady!”
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6:22:48 (+ 5 seconds) Jr.: “PUSH HARDER, gain ALTITUDE!”
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6:22:49 (+ 6 seconds) Jr.: “I’m free….I’m flying!”
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6:22:52 (+ 9 seconds) Jr.: “Oh yeah… I get it. I’m cool!”
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6:23:42 (+ 59 seconds) Meanwhile, while junior is off on one wide circle, Mom hops down, quickly snags a fish, and returns….
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6:23:45 (+1 min., 2 seconds) …to the RIGHT branch, where Junior was before!
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6:25:20 (+2 min. 37 seconds) Mom: waiting for Junior… “Now where is he?”
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6:25:25 (+2 min. 42 seconds) Mom: “OMG, IN COMING!!!!”
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6:25:26 (+2 min. 43 seconds)  Mom: “NO! NO! DUMMY, NOT HERE! ABORT, GO AROUND.” 
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6:25:26 (+2 min. 43 1/2 seconds) Mom: “Ahhhhhh” Jr.: “Wah whoop wee Ahhhh Yergoi”
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6:25:27 (+ 2 min. 44 seconds)  Mom: Ducking,Choking, Screaming…  Jr.: “Yevaggg whoop eeech!!”
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6:25:31 (+2 min. 48 seconds) Mom: (Censured)
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6:25:39 (+2 min. 56 seconds) Jr.: “Ohhhh, I’m in BIG trouble now…
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6:25:41 (+ 2 min. 58 seconds.) Mom:  Screeching and yelling. Jr.: “Gotta get back. I’m getting tired! Mom’s gonna kill me!”
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6:25:42 (+ 3 min.) Mom: Yelling uncontrollably. Jr.: “Here we go…oooohhaaa”
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6:25:43 (+ 3 min. 1 second) Mom: “STOP!!!!!” Jr.: “Ahhh  voooog yeee!”
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6:25:44 (+3 min. 2 seconds) Mom:  continues to yell and screech!
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6:25:44 (+3 min. 2 1/2 seconds) Mom.: Still screeching! Jr. Balancing
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6:25:45 (+3 min. 3 seconds) Jr.: Settling, Mom: Still reprimanding.
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6:25:54 (+3 min. 12 seconds) Jr.: Sulking Mom: Calming down.

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6:26:46 (+ 4 min. 4 seconds) Jr.: “I’m Sorry, Mom.” Mom: Preparing to feed Jr., (reward???)
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6:26:48 (+4 min. 6 seconds) Mom hops over with fish
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6:26:49 (+4 min. 7 seconds) Osprey version of kisses and hugs!
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6:29:02 (+6 min. 12 seconds) Mom feeding Jr.  “Yum Yum”
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6:29:02 (+6 min. 12 seconds)Closer look
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6:29:18 (+6 min. 28 seconds) Meanwhile, Dad  remains detached from it all, eating his own afternoon catch nearby.





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OSPREY PAIR on Barnegat Bay

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Yesterday I watched these recently arrived raptors comfortably settling in on top of a nesting platform erected only weeks ago under the auspices of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. The female (note darker breast coloring,) helps decorate with the sticks and twigs her mate brings over during the move-in stage, and she will eventually sit on the eggs as he guards and provides fresh fish daily.

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 In the above image, Barnegat Lighthouse is a few miles beyond.

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Note the painted aluminum “predator Guard” on the post, primarily designed to keep raccoons from climbing to the nest. 

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Osprey are persnickety, in that if unduly disturbed while selecting a breeding home, they will leave. Viewing needs to be from a respectable distance. 

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