Lunch

This osprey seems to have caught a nice fish for lunch. It sat there for quite a while munching on it.

Osprey eating lunch
Osprey eating lunch

Now I want to vent a little . . . If you recall from last year, we had a pair of osprey building a nest on a platform by the river. All indications were that they would be nesting there and hopefully having babies. Then halfway through May, one of the osprey disappeared and I didn’t know why. This week I was talking to someone at the park and they said it was driven off by some a**h*** with a drone.  Now I don’t have a problem with people using drones appropriately and following the rules but when they start harassing wildlife, it bothers me.

On Sunday I was at the park hoping to see the osprey. There was nothing there when I arrived but after about a half hour I saw two large birds flying downstream. As they got closer, some a**h*** with a drone on the other side of the river started flying his drone and it drove the two osprey off.  I contacted the local parks and recreation department and they will monitor the situation at the park more frequently.

Anyway, I had to get that off my chest.

Maralee

6 Replies to “Lunch”

  1. One of the reasons I’ve resisted the lure of drones is that they’re noisy and the opposite of unobtrusive.

    And yes, I wish people had more brains and consideration . . . but that ship appears to have sailed.

  2. I’m sorry to hear that human intervention was the cause, Maralee. I hope your P&R folks can stop the harassment. Nice capture of the snacking. It always surprises me how slowly and deliberately Osprey eat compared to most of the other birds we see that gulp it all down.

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