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 Calgary, Alberta - 2012
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By: BET (offline) on Thursday, August 23 2012 @ 04:29 PM EDT  
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2:11pm

Mom inbound to excited trio
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A Three For All
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Stalemate
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These two each had an end of the fish and were not going to give in. 3/5 minutes - finally the one towards the back won out.


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By: Bluebird1 (offline) on Thursday, August 23 2012 @ 04:38 PM EDT  
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Hi JudyB,

Great s'capes! Mom brought that fish at 2:11pm and it was quite the mantling war before a lucky victor emerged. The one that won the fish took forever to feel it was safe to begin eating at 2:22 pm, the other contestant was surely not a happy camper and the youngster who is now at 3 wisely kept out of the way.

It is a good-sized fish and Mom wisely remains on the nest guarding.

At about 1:50 pm quite a few large dark birds, including at least two eagles flew upriver and to the gravel bar and there was a lot more activity there for 20-25 min. Mom did well to bring the fish to the nest without interference, - she has probably learned a lot from her several years of observing Dad as he was a master at bringing home the bacon and protecting his family and food supply.


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By: Bluebird1 (offline) on Thursday, August 23 2012 @ 04:46 PM EDT  
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Hi BET,

Didn't see your post and glad that you were home to see that, too. Awesome incoming fish s'capes.

It looks like Mom can take care of the homefront very well but how long can this continue? The three youngsters seem very content to sit in their "aerie" and order take-out.giggle

Maybe tonight and tomorrow's predicted rain and cool weather will motivate them to fly around a bit more. They are all looking great though.love


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By: Anonymous: Gerard () on Thursday, August 23 2012 @ 05:01 PM EDT  
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That is a massive fish and momma now is built more like a male osprey,she looks like a slim,trim,male,
just wondering? Was she bigger and broader.Even thou there appears to be a lot of
osprey in that area,the more the better,i know lol momma won't agree,but these chicks could benefit by
watching them fish,i also feel part of their natural
instinct will be to start fishing as they are completely on their own when they migrate,although following
routes that other ospreys will be on,i watched a juvie over Mundy pond
here is St.John's dive over fifty times in less then ten minutes,this juvie dove after every fish that must
have been in that pond,and that juvie scored a fish on the fiftieth time,
or there about haha,so nice to see them doing well,still hoping to here a live report that a residing male
is about helping momma.JudyB do you have any info regarding a lost breeding male
and the length of time the breeding female stayed to tend to the chicks at the end of a season?





       
   
By: BET (offline) on Thursday, August 23 2012 @ 05:04 PM EDT  
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BACK TRACK

to this morning - the fish delivery that JD commented on (I was reviewing that time when the "three for all" occurred)

At 11:20 am Mom flew in to an empty nest -- looked about - but no inbounds
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Mom begin eating the fish when here comes one chick (it - I am pretty sure is #3)

11:21am
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Mom shared bites with #3 - I didn't count carefully, but I did count at least a dozen bites with Mom eating some too
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11:23 am
#3 turned away and walked over to the side of the nest. Mom continued eating the fish.

(to be cont'd)


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By: Anonymous: Gerard () on Thursday, August 23 2012 @ 05:08 PM EDT  
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There are four juvies in the nest.





       
   
By: BET (offline) on Thursday, August 23 2012 @ 05:09 PM EDT  
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Mom continued eating the fish a full 10 minutes of peace and quite - until

11:31am
Chick #2 arrived
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As soon as her feet were on the nest she grabbed for the fish in Mom's talons and took it
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For all the good it did her - all that was left was the tail fins

11:32am
Here comes tail end Charlie
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No fish left


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By: Anonymous: Gerard () on Thursday, August 23 2012 @ 05:11 PM EDT  
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And the second big chick without the fish just flew over to the side of that juvie and punched him in the head and bang,the intruder juvie is gone hahahhahahaha.





       
   



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