Super Night, Super Moon

Good evening, everyone!  As many of you know, last night was the super moon or perigee moon.  Super moons occur when the moon becomes full at the same time that it is closest to us in its orbit around Earth.  There was a super moon in June, and there will be another one in August.  It is very unusual to have three super moons in a row, so take advantage of this phenomenon and take a look on August 10.  Unfortunately, we were not home to watch the entire scene unfold, but did get home in time to snap a few photographs which I would love to share.  If you click on these two photos to enlarge them, you will see the light reflecting on osprey eyes, very cool:

 

Super Moon over the nest

Super Moon over the nest

 

Flapping under the Super Moon

Moonlight Landing

 

Many of you have asked how to tell the two chicks apart; hopefully these tips will help.  The darker baby is Breezy.  If you look carefully, his head and neck have more black than his sibling.  When compared with Spitz, you should be able to identify the differences.  Spitz has less black and more white on his head and neck.  He also fusses more than Breezy.  I am using “him”, “his” and “he” for convenience, and not because the gender of the chicks is known at this time.  We have asked Dr. Spitzer to give us his expert opinion, and will share it with you as soon as we know.

The Osprey Family-everyone is in the nest and someone is getting fed

The Osprey Family-everyone is in the nest and someone is getting fed

Yesterday, Audrey was attempting to shade Spitz from the sun, but despite their efforts, Spitz has gotten too big to be shaded.  If you were watching the camera around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, you would have noticed some triple head bobbing going on, sometimes right into the camera.  Breezy, Spitz and Audrey all participated in this event and it was pretty funny to watch.

A recent visitor to the end of our dock-is it time for happy hour?

A recent visitor to the end of our dock-is it time for happy hour?

We have been watching Breezy flapping and hopping, which has turned into flapping and hovering.  One of these times, he is going to be carried away by a gust of wind, and flight will start whether he likes it or not!  I will continue to keep everyone up to date as the excitement continues.

Adios Amigos,

Until next time,

Osprey Girl

 

 

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