During lunch on our June 8 paddle we found an osprey nest on top of a sign on Lake George. It was a really hot day – heat index over 100 – with no shade in that spot. The baby osprey are getting big, but not yet fledged. So we sat and watched the adult osprey swooping down on the water to get their legs and belly feathers wet, then returning to the nest to hover over the babies to cool them off a little. They took each baby in turn so all got a cool off and some shade then it started over again with the first baby.
Both male and female parents were there and took turns. One would swoop into the water and return to cool down the chicks, while the other would stand watch high above in the nearby trees. Then the watcher would swoop down into the water and the one on the nest would go up to stand watch.
It took us a while to figure out that this was what they were doing, but it’s really amazing what you can see when you slow down, look with open eyes and take the time to really see what you are looking at.