Saturday, August 25, 2018

Osprey flutters to deceive

Looks so powerful, balanced and in control, Osprey, wings outspread, about to land on prime perch, yes?

But no, young (about 18 months) bird - formally Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus) - is clumsily flapping a metre off perch down to fork in dead tree.

Then comes scrambling progress up other branch of fork.

Followed by triumphant return to starting point. Why? Who knows. Such questions may really be only for the birds.

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