Two Osprey Chicks Ready to Grow

Our two little osprey chicks are becoming stronger by the day!  Saturday morning, it was difficult to see the chicks still as their little heads wobbled around.  In addition, a plastic bag and some pink wall insulation have appeared within the nest, making it difficult to see in.  (Someone needs to talk to architect Oliver about keeping our sight window on the nest’s land side open for everyone’s viewing!)  🙂   By Sunday morning, it was amazing to see the two chicks sitting up and holding their heads steady!   Here’s some shots of the babies….

I’ve even seen sibling rivalry already.  The next photo shows one of the chicks with beak open, lunging at the neck of the other!  Don’t worry, the other one turned around and beaked him back!   Hopefully, they don’t hurt each other….

I saw Olivia take advantage of the warm weekend by diving a few times and then return to the nest.  I’m guessing after that past week’s showers, Olivia needed it; she was constantly preening her feathers to clean them. 

After one bathing dip, she returned to the nest and constantly fluffed her feathers in the warm sun….

Now that Oliver and Olivia have babies to protect, their demeanor at the nest has changed towards us humans.   A walker passing by had stopped to photograph.  Olivia caused a huge ruckus and took a defiant stance on the nest edge.  I really thought she might attack the person.   I love her attitude!

In addition, no one in the sky should come close either.  An eagle was just passing by, but apparently Olivia and Oliver felt it was too close.  Olivia left the nest and flew in circles between the nest and Oliver who was in pursuit of the eagle.  It look like Oliver and the eagle were surely going to tangle but didn’t.  Here’s their combative shots…..

I was sure the eagle meant no harm to our osprey family, but it didn’t matter.   Oliver continued to go after the eagle until he high-tailed it over to Kent Island.  Oliver returned to the nest looking flustered but proud of himself.  🙂

A couple more shots, this one shows the beauty of Olivia as she passes by me.

And finally, only one chick is in the next photo, but momma’s got his back as she keeps an eye on him as he starts checking on his outside world.

Each week now the chicks will grow at an unbelievable rate.  Check back often as I share their growth in photos with you!

10 thoughts on “Two Osprey Chicks Ready to Grow

  1. Hi Donna…I forwarded your blog to a close friend, who is a special needs teacher. I was telling her how wonderful it is and your amazing photography. She loves it and will share it with her young students. Her name is Denise Peach. She teaches in Annapolis area. She was named teacher of the year in her district.
    Thanks for sharing. We must have you over for wine and appetizers. Will set it up in a couple weeks as I will be in California for a week or so.
    Love, Shirley #923

    • That is so wonderful! It feels very rewarding to think our osprey can touch the heart of a young special needs child. Denise’s win of Teacher of the Year is a testament to her skills and love for children, congratulation Denise! If she has any questions or is looking for anything else from me to assist with her students, have her let me know.

  2. Donna, I am lovin this long distance view of the nest. Thanks for keeping us posted. The action shots were great and those talons meant business for both birds. I feel as if I am there watching. Thanks!! Beth

  3. Hi Donna,

    Those are some amazing snaps! I was planning to visit the nest soon. I like to go to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge for Osprey viewing, but that is kind of far for me from Baltimore.

    This seems to be a one hour drive and an excellent viewing spot! Thanks for the blog! I am planning to be there this week so hopefully I’ll get some good photos!

    This is my website:


    • Thanks for the comments Prith! Just checked your photos, wow, I’ll revisit again tonight when I have more time to spend enjoying (at work now). Even though not ‘bird’ related, I love the aircraft photos, I’ve taken some of the Blue Angels. In fact they are flying today and Friday over Annapolis if you’re able to check out. I might make Friday. Most definitely will pass your link on to my son who loves aircraft, missiles, and anything aerospace related. (He has a masters in aerospace engineering, works over by you at John Hopkins APL.) Thanks for enjoying my photos!

  4. Hi Donna,

    Had a quick question. Since this is a private property, can I stay there the whole day and click pictures? Just curious to know.


    • Yes we are on private property but I don’t see why you cannot visit for photographing. I am taking my photos from our third floor balcony. From the ground of course, you’re looking up and many do take photos from the ground; once Olivia sees you, she will give you a ‘show’ to capture. 🙂 Another place to check out also is over at CBEC, link is on my page, I see their property from ours. It’s usually CBEC’s eagles & osprey that bother our osprey, and they have trails throughout their peninsula. I’ve got a photo gallery page for CBEC to give you idea what’s there. I need to update that page, I shot awesome photos about a month ago over there with their osprey, blue heron, turtles, eagles, egrets., etc. Two places within couple miles, it’s great! Of course, Blackwater is my favorite, wish it was closer for me too.

  5. Thanks for replying back Donna!! In fact I work at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. Good to know your son is close to Hopkins! I will surely visit this nest and get some Osprey shots!! I have Osprey shots from Blackwater in my photostream, so do see them when you find time. I’m excited to see Olivia now!! 🙂 Also, will check out the CBEC link on your blogspot.

    Thanks again for sharing all the information! I’m surely going to keep checking your blog from time to time. I’ll reply back to you when I’ll click some shots of Olivia!


  6. Hi Donna – I came to your site from the Blackwater Osprey Cam and I must say that the shots of the confrontation between the eagle and the osprey were outstanding. Great captures. I will check your site again soon.

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