A Heron, an Osprey, and a Fish March 29, 2017Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Nature.
The other day, I stepped out onto the back deck and observed a peaceful scene.
Several turtles were busy sunning themselves on the far bank of the lagoon. A lone vulture circled on hidden currents overhead. A Great Blue Heron on the far bank stood guard over his respective territory, a white egret fished at water’s edge, while an ibis pecked in the dirt for grubby morsels.
Just then an osprey flew overhead with a fish clenched in its talons.
The osprey took in the scene, circled back (doing a 180), and swooped low over the head of the Great Blue Heron who squawked in protest, flapping his wings at the intruder.
Unperturbed at the GBH’s vociferous annoyance, the osprey finished his fly-by, circled back again (this time doing a 360 turn) to swoop low over the head of the Great Blue Heron a second time.
The osprey sang out, “Hey! I’ve got a fish and YOU do NOT!”
Once again, the GBH barked and croaked in protest, screeching out his displeasure while shaking his “fists” at the sky.
With that, the osprey winked at me and went off to enjoy his sushi.
I got the sense that this was NOT their first encounter with one another. Perhaps the GBH had boasted about one of his prior fishing trips, thus nettling the osprey.
In any event, the only player who got a vote of sympathy from me . . . the fish!
Aah . . . that’s better!