THE CRANKY OLD MAN
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
On the beach
at Lavallette, New Jersey, I have been fascinated watching the Ospreys.Ospreys are large raptors.They live on a diet of 99 percent fish.I used to see them a lot while visiting my
parent’s home on the Eastern Shore Md., but have not seen them on the Jersey
Shore until this year.
struck me while watching these birds is the patience they have, and also the
boredom that is their existence.It is
not much different from most wild creatures, but just more obvious while
observing their behavior.
I worked a
fairly boring job for 40 years.Up
early, drive to the train, get to work, work, catch the train home, eat, play
with kids, sleep and start over.At
least I had a change of pace on weekends and vacations.
and his mate are up early every morning.They fish nonstop until sundown, constantly soaring over the ocean up
and down the coast.They do not stop.They have three little ospreys to feed.I seldom see them dive for fish.In two weeks I have seen them dive 5 times
and catch 4 fish.They are good, but
sometimes they miss.I’m sure they have
caught more fish without me watching, but trust me they are patient.
get no sick days, no mental health days, no vacation days, they just fish every
day and if they do not catch any fish they will die.I used to think I was pressured to work, but
if I missed a day, my children would not starve.The osprey must catch fish.
I have been
watching a pair of ospreys for two weeks.Today there were five.I think
the babies are out of the nest.They are
learning to fish.They better learn
fast.Their skill is considerable and if
they do not learn, they will die.Fish,
catch, or starve.
the beach watching, I think my life is pretty good. _______________________
Nils sent me this video on the osprey.It is pretty amazing.