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April 23, 2015

Stan Delivers Half a Tree!

Osprey are described as “Prodigious builders”. It is generally the male that brings the bulk of material to the nest, the female arranges it once there. They may break dead sticks off nearby trees in flight or (more often) snatch from them from the ground. The nest is generally constructed from large sticks (about 2–4 cm diameter; up to 1+ m length) at the base, with smaller sticks and a great variety of grass, algae, flotsam, and jetsam from there. As the nest nears completion, they appear to shift markedly to flat objects: paper/plastic bags, mats of algae, bark, etc. No doubt an attempt to line the nest with material that keeps eggs from falling into the cracks. 

April 23, 2015

Niau Plays Shadow Puppets

Niau is nearly 3 months old and is still an inquisitive young albatross. Watch as the young bird plays with and rearranges the material next to the tank, creating an ever growing temporary nest. Niaulani's poop artwork on the newly painted green tank is also coming along... 

April 22, 2015

Stan Delivers Large Fish to Iris

The male usually provides the female with all food during nesting, the female takes the fish to a nearby perch and feeds there. 

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