This handsome fellow was enjoying a nice lunch as WC drove up. The bird is backlit, and wearing jewelry, but it’s still a treat to get a tight shot on an Osprey with a fish. Or at least what’s left of a fish; the bird’s bulging crop shows you where the rest of the fish is.
And someone wasn’t very happy about that.
If you look closely, the incubating female is talking to her mate who is supposed to be feeding her. And being pretty noisy about it.
Eventually, the male responded to the female’s complaints by carrying what was left of the fish to his mate, who was giving him the stink-eye.
But instead of landing,
He hovered briefly over the female and, as far as WC could tell,
she seemed to take the fish from his talons as he hovered. The male didn’t land, and the fish never seemed to touch the nest. It went straight from the male’s talons to the female’s beak.
Mrs. WC, who studied the Osprey of Cascade Reservoir in graduate school, and who is the family expert on the species’ behavior, expresses no opinion.