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Thread subject: Role reversal at Loch Garten
Name Date Message
Anne UK1 07/05/10 05:55 pm This is interesting. Odin had been 'at home' feeding the chicks, then EJ flew in with another fish. (Apparently it's not the first time Odin has fed the chicks either, so maybe it's not so rare as we thought for a male to take on those duties?) Video
martyc35 07/05/10 06:36 pm Oh, dear. EJ is one formidable mom. Poor Odin. There is absolutely no way he could ever live up to his name, and EJ is there to prove it.
marty
Celeste 07/05/10 08:19 pm Definitely formidable ! :-)
FOB Webmaster 07/05/10 08:28 pm So the feeding test has been passed by a few males. But the shading test is the one that I don't believe we've seen a male pass.

I think it was Greg at Jug Bay who told Melanie and I that the males don't seem to know how to shade the chicks when the mother is not around.

So the "super" osprey dad would be the rare one who knows to shade the chicks when they get too hot.
Anne UK1 07/06/10 02:32 am That's interesting Lisa. From watching Green 7Y when Marge was so ill, I realised that males always wait for the female to take the fish from them. If that doesn't happen, and if the chicks aren't old enough to grab the fish themselves, that seems to trigger the feeding response in the male.

But males don't spend much time sitting on the nest with the family, so maybe there's not a built-in trigger for shading.
FOB Webmaster 07/06/10 07:42 am Yes, that could be. It would take the mother being injured/ill or dead for the father to see the chicks getting overheated and then maybe step in.

Greg at Jug Bay had a father that was on his own with a chick during the summer, so Greg built that tiki hut that Melanie has talked about -- so the chick could get shade since the dad didn't seem to know he needed to provide it.
Anne UK1 07/09/10 10:58 am I remember reading about that hut - I think a photo was posted too. Clever stuff :)

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