Osprey's Eyrie, Mindarie Marina
We went to Mindarie Marina today to look at an Osprey's Eyrie we had heard was there.
Their eyrie was on top of a tall sculpture which the Ospreys evidently thought just perfect for a nest. Tall, too tall and difficult to climb for either man or cat, with an equally tall tree (someone's house) nearby, and right next to the ocean.
|Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)|
|A previous meal on the ground.|
At first all we could see was one chick, though a man who had also come to take pictures told us that there were two chicks, but that maybe it had already left the nest. Then we noticed the mother returning with a fish!
After giving the chick the fish she flew off to a nearby building.
Before too long another Osprey returned to the nest. We think it might have been the second chick given its noises when it returned.
|A view out to the ocean.|
The mother then flew over the nest to another part of the building.
I wonder what these people think to have an Osprey using their house as a residence? The Osprey's seem rather... messy. How wonderful to watch them though.
|Throwing rocks into the water.|
I took a final picture before we left with sports mode. I wish I had remembered the sports mode earlier, I was just so excited I forgot about it.