Osprey Chicks – Almost Flying

Mum Feeding Osprey Chicks

Mum Feeding Osprey Chicks

The osprey chicks are making rapid progress and I don’t think they’ll be at the nest for much longer.

2 Osprey chicks

Mum (top left) and chicks (top right and front)

The great news from this week is that we still have 2 chicks.  The few visits prior to that I’d only seen one chick at a time, so I started to worry that maybe one of them hadn’t survived.

Osprey chick flapping

Osprey chick flapping

There’s quite a lot of ‘flapping practice’ going on each day.

We Have Lift Off

We Have Lift Off

As you can see above, the bigger one is now airborn.

Osprey Chick Staring Me Out

Osprey Chick Staring Me Out

Although the parents are used to me and not really interested in passers by, the chicks are still a little wary.  This one gave me a long hard stare before returning to his flapping practice.

I’m sure it won’t be long now before they all leave the nest – Dad is already disappearing for increasingly long spells.  Hopefully they’ll move back to the parents old feed ground nearby and I’ll be able to follow their progress into independence.

Looking Over The Edge

Looking Over The Edge

 

 

Hatched! Osprey Chicks At Last

Osprey Chicks

Osprey Chicks

Phew.  After a very long and frustrating wait, the ospreys at last have chicks. Twins. Here they are in the nest with mum.  Given how hard they were to see in the nest, and how low down they were, I can’t help wondering whether they were already there last week.  They don’t have that fluffy ‘I’ve just hatched’ look about them, do they?

Parents in nest

Parents in nest

 

 

Here’s mum (on the left) and dad (head just showing) in the nest.

 

 

 

 

Mum and chicks

Mum and chicks

 

 

Mum and Chicks in nest, Dad on fencing behind.

 

 

 

 

Female Osprey

Female Osprey

 

 

Mum

 

 

 

 

 

Male Osprey

Male Osprey

 

 

Dad

 

 

 

 

It’s nearly Christmas and, like everyone else, I’ve got a busy list of things to fit into the next week.  However, some of them will just have to wait as I will be going to visit the nest regularly and trying to get more pictures.

 

Osprey Pair

Osprey Pair

 

Good News and Bad News

Male Rainbow Bee-Eater

Male Rainbow Bee-Eater

It’s time for an update and this week I was going to share good news and bad news.  It’s now renamed Good News and Good News.

Wagtail Chicks Feeding

Wagtail Chicks Feeding

Let’s start with some good news.  The Willie Wagtails who nested outside our house successfully raised 2 chicks who are now announcing themselves noisily in the street every morning.  This is also great news for the dog who was divebombed every time he went for a walk or for a wee.  For the past few months he’s been harassed by magpies, magpie-larks, wattle-birds and wagtails almost every time he’s been for a walk.  Now that the chicks have all left their nests he can walk in peace!

 

Empty Osprey Nest

Empty Osprey Nest

This is how this section was going to read:         Next I have to share some sad news.  Not long after I last posted about the ospreys, I went to take some pictures and see if the eggs had hatched.  All I found was an abandoned nest.  There had been a really bad storm just beforehand.  I can only speculate that it might have been the strong winds that did the damage.  Worse news still, I haven’t seen either of the adults since.  Hopefully they’re fine and I’ll see them soon along the coast.

The great news is that I have now seen the ospreys, mum on the nest and dad perching nearby.  Hopefully they’ve laid a new clutch of eggs and soon I’ll be able to get those long awaited shots of some chicks.

Straw-Necked Ibis

Straw-Necked Ibis

 

This pair of straw-necked ibis have been spending time at Lake Joondalup.  I’m not sure whether they bred this year, but I was really pleased to get this shot of them.  The little specks around them aren’t from a dirty lens – they’re tiny flies!  They were surrounded.

 

 

Pair of Rainbow Bee-Eaters

Pair of Rainbow Bee-Eaters

 

I was out walking recently  and came across this pair of rainbow bee-eaters.  Yet another colourful surprise.  They’re fantastic.  Very colourful in flight but way too fast for me to get a picture.  It’s the first time I’d ever seen one so I was really pleased that they both opted to rest at the same time.

 

My last picture to post is of a young pacific gull.  I don’t think it’s this year’s chick, more likely a couple of years old.  It hangs out with a flock of ordinary seagulls though and not with other pacific gulls.  He looks very out of place next to them since they are bright white and also only half the size.  I’m growing quite fond of him as he regularly turns up on the beach when I go to watch the sunset.  So here it is, on the beach, just before sunset .

Immature Pacific Gull

Immature Pacific Gull

 

 

Seal Island – Kayaking Trip

CuriousSealion

Curious Sealion

 

Seal Island

Seal Island

 

A couple of days ago I went kayaking with my husband to Seal Island.  I was keen to go in order to see all of the wildlife and hoping that the sealions or dolphins might come and see us.  However, I was also aprehensive as it’s further than I’ve ever been previously.  So, what did we see?  Well, firstly, the sealions.

 

Sealion and pups

Sealion and pups

 

This mum had her pups with her on the beach.  The most sealions I counted at once was 14.  They were mostly just lying on the beach, but a few ventured into the water.  I was so pleased when eventually one decided to come and play for a while.

 

Sealion who came to see me

Sealion who came to see me

 

Here’s one in the water with me.

 

 

 

 

 

Sealion

Click on ‘Sealion’ for video

 

Pelicans on beach

Pelicans on beach

 

 

There’s a huge pelican colony there.  These pelicans didn’t seem to be bothered by the sealions on the beach.

 

 

 

Ospreys and Chicks

Ospreys and Chicks

 

 

We paddled over to another island where I’d seen an osprey previously.  The pair had nested and had (I think) 2 chicks, though it was hard to see.

 

 

Me Filming Ospreys

Me Filming Ospreys

I was nervous of getting my good camera wet so I took my old automatic with me.  It was temperamental to say the least and it’s zoom and focus kept playing up, but I did get some photos and video clips in the end.  We sat and watched as the male brought in a fish (about 7 inches long) and then the parents both fed on it and helped feeding the chicks.

 

It was a fabulous trip.  There were 2 downsides. Firstly, we didn’t see a single dolphin even though there’s a pod that lives there and they often go and play around the kayaks.  Secondly, achey shoulders the next couple of days.  However, it was well worth it and I’m sure we’ll do the trip again.