Food Fight

 

Photograph and text by Ken Arni
From the June 2013 issue

While passing by an osprey nest in my kayak one morning, I noticed three young ospreys. I love watching these birds at this time in their lives. They seem to be so excited when they are ready to fledge. This is the first time in the young bird’s life that it will attempt to go out on its own to live and provide for itself.

While I was watching the young ospreys, an adult bird came back with a small fish and dropped it into the nest. The adult, at upper left, stood by and watched as two of the siblings fought feverishly over the fish. The third sibling decided to stay out of the fight.