Bella & Beau 2019: Splish Splash, Bella Takes a Bath

Osprey nest location:  Cambridge, Maryland, Chesapeake Bay Region, USA

July 3, 2019

All seems to continue to run more smoothly this past week in Bella & Beau’s Osprey World Park.  No witnessed roller coaster rides, thank goodness!

In Bella & Beau’s last update, I shared one photo from a series of Bella taking a bath right down in front of me.  I love it so much, I want to share the full 26-shot series.

If you enjoy watching wildlife of any species delight in taking a bath, whether in the wild or at the zoo, I am sure you will adore seeing beautiful Bella during hers.

(Click on the first photo to run through the series in time order, photos will also enlarge.)

Bella takes a refreshing bath in the creek


I’m photographing the nest when I see the chicks up and about to try to capture their growth and changes that continue to occur to share in the next post.

Here’s a pretty sneak-peak shot before ending.

While heading out on our boat yesterday early afternoon, I snapped this as we passed Bella and her chicks.

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Bella and her two chicks (approx. 4 to 4 1/2 weeks old)


The above photo gives a good look at an Osprey chick’s eye color.  They are presently reddish-orange in color as a juvenile.  When the juveniles return from their South America winter migration at age two, their eyes will be bright yellow in color like their parents.

More to come showing those teenagers’ growth!  Would you believe they will be flying before July ends?!!



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