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Osprey Family Values – Salmon Arm Bay

The sliding door to our hotel balcony framed Salmon Arm Bay: fluorescent green wetlands, silver-blue Shuswap Lake, a rolling horizon defined by the Fly Hills, and not 50 metres away, two ospreys sitting on a pick-up-sticks nest strewn across a platform atop a tall pole.

A precocious teen chick, as big as its parents, made loud demands for food while Mom tore bits of fish with her beak and dropped them into its mouth. Dad did a close flyby before landing high in a tree near the Salmon Arm pier off to our right. Ee-eep, ee-eep — their calls and answers flew back and forth above the marsh; apparently we were eavesdropping on a very important family conversation.

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