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Eastern Osprey

I should have been heading home, but I stopped in to see what the shorebirds were up to. Not much as it turned out. But, while I was walking to the car, it started to rain and I heard the Osprey calling. Turned around to see her flying out to the estuary and she was doing her "thing" - sweeping down to the water and then, boom! She had one. Watched her fly around and managed to grab a few frames of her flying past the trees to the "feeding" tree. Awesome to watch her.

Mandurah, Western Australia

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Eastern Osprey

Early morning walk along a quiet part of the estuary and the Osprey had been "fishing" already. The Ravens were busy giving it a "hurry up" but she wouldn't give in. It was a huge Whiting and she defended it against 3 Ravens. Once they settled down and left her alone, the fish was eaten quite quickly. Amazing to watch her defend herself and her catch.

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Black-shouldered Kite

Had the privilege of watching a pair of Black-shouldered Kites during their breeding season. Watch the juvenile fledge and begin to learn how to survive with its mother. This is the juvenile coming into a "feeding tree" after taking the mouse from the mother in mid-air. Totally fascinating to watch.

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Whistling Kite

Taken a while ago but still one of my favourites of the Whistling Kite. They are beautiful to see when they are close. It isn't often a wild and free Kite gets this close to me - it was amazing to see.

Yunderup, Western Australia


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Eastern Osprey and Whiting!

Walking around the estuary, I could hear the Osprey calling and the Ravens calling. Not usually a great sign that all is well - usually it means the Osprey has a fish and the Ravens want it. This is the Osprey with its Whiting - and no, the Ravens didn't get the fish.

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Eastern Osprey - Pair

I know that the young have "flown the coop", but I went and had a look on Sunday with my little bloke and Nic and saw the two adults still on their nest and perch.  The "kids" could be heard calling, but "Ma and Pa" were busy recuperating.  Seeing them alone like that, reminded me of some images I took earlier this year.  This is one of them.

It was a scene I wasn't even sure I would show any images from.  I was quite close to them, and didn't have a chance to move around or remove the teleconverter so I "got what I got".  The two of them courting and mating.  This image, in particular, has always struck me because of the way the male turns his talons so they don't dig into her back - apart from her having a nice feather layer there.  It was, perhaps, one of the most "submissive" poses I had seen her adopt.  Having said that, it was certainly short lived as she quickly regained her typical posture after she gave a cry that said, "Enough boyo!" and that was that.  They carried on with their preening, fed, rested and started all over again.

Beautiful to watch and now we wait until next year!  

Peel Inlet, Mandurah, Western Australia


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Whistling Kite

Two Birds of Prey!  Not usual for me.  But it feels "right" tonight.  This Whistling Kite was patrolling over the estuary (I have some images of a female Red-capped Plover watching it - very interesting) while I was watching some Pelicans and Red-necked Avocets.  Heard the familiar cry, looked up, saw it, "hoped" it might fly just "so" and it did!  Right near me with the Sun shining under it.  Sometimes you just get lucky.

That brings me to the main point.  Two Birds of Prey!  Why?  I have no idea!  I just wanted to post them.  I see them all the time.  I always stop and wonder about all they do.  I always wonder if we, as people, walk on two legs as well as they fly on their wings.  Sometimes I think, "Yes".  Other times, "No".  And then, I wonder why I change my mind about something that seems so obvious to so many.  But, I just go on wondering about things like that.  Never really expecting an answer but being able to stay in wonder of what is around us.

Peel Inlet, Mandurah, Western Australia


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Eastern Osprey

So, I am missing these guys a little now.  The young have fledged and you see them doing their flying training.  They hover over our house at high altitudes but Mamma's call is distinct.  She is calling them to follow her and learn.  There have been 6 flying over head the last couple of weeks - not sure where number 6 is coming from, but it is an adult.  Perhaps the daughter from last year?  We'll see! 

The "kids" seem to be on top of their flying training but they don't have the assurity of the adults.  So, while I was watching them over the weekend on one of my 5 minutes to myself time, I wondered if I still had one of Papa bringing a fish home for dinner!  So I did!  Similar to others I have, but this expression is different.  It is more of a, "Don't mess with Papa" look.  And, unless you are a Raven, Magpie-Lark or Willie-Wagtail, you don't!  8-))

So it is an image of what will have to wait for next year now.  A time of uncertainty, yet expectancy in some ways.  But that is okay.  Now is plenty "good" enough.  So much to do and see!

Peel Inlet, Erskine, Western Australia


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Eastern Osprey - Again!  8-))

"You can feel that can't you?"
"I can."
"You going to move?"
"Not right now."
"Why?"
"I don't want to miss this."
"It hurts though."
"I know.  You'll get over it."
"You sure."
"Yes."
"Really?"
"Yes!"
"Really, really sure?"
"Yes!!!  Now, be quiet!!"
"But it..."
"Oh for goodness sake!!!"

So, "we" moved.  We got some images, before we moved.  But we did move!  What made us move, you ask? Ants.  Lots of ants!  We aren't the first to have seen something unfold before our eyes, and stop on an ant's nest.  Small ants.  But ants, to be sure!  Did it hurt?  Not as much as one of "us" would have you believe!

I am sure many of you have done it.  Get lost in what you are doing, and then you feel "it."  At first, you think, "what is that?"  Then, a bit of a burn.  You think you can ignore it.  You try.  Then you realise it's burning a bit more than it should.  Then you feel little legs running up your legs!  Then you realise that maybe you should do something before they end up in the "unmentionables!"  8-))  No one likes surprises in the unmentionables!  Especially of the ant type surprises!

So, what did "we" do?  Danced like a middle aged man does!  To the groove that only he can hear!  Then, only he can know how out of time he is!  8-))  I was lucky though!  At least there was two of "us" that could share in the embarrassment!  8-))

Peel Inlet, Erskine, Western Australia


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Whistling Kite

This image was one of almost "pure" luck.  Or serendipity.  Take your pick!  I was out early one morning, managed to get some nice images of Fairy-Wrens, Oyster Catchers and Stilts.  Was thinking about heading back to the car when I saw a gliding figure through the trees.  I presumed it was a Kite as they do nest in the area and feed regularly in this space.  I watched for a while, and sure enough, there was a Kite.  But now it was two Kites!  Both Kites were there.

I watched them flush about 50 Grey Teal and Black Ducks, and send the Stilts into their feverish calling when they know something is amiss.  They weren't interested but they were busy patrolling over their territory.  I was focused on one of them, when the other "disappeared" - remember, matter can neither be destroyed or made - it just changes form!

So, knowing that, I started to look for it.  I thought it was in one of the trees close to me but wasn't sure.  I spent a few minutes looking around and started to look out into the estuary to see what was there and, this is the serendipitous bit, looked up for some reason.  Right in front of me, was this Kite.  Never had I been so close to one before.  Ever.  It was busy looking around, looked straight "through" me, looked around some more and then looked right at me!  Right at me!  "Into my soul" at me.  I looked up from my viewfinder and the question must have been all over my face.  "Do you mind?"  It just looked at me and looked over my shoulder, then struck this pose!  Now, I don't speak "Kite", but I take it, it didn't mind.

Island Point Reserve, Herron, Western Australia


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