Oops! I totally missed it.

Sitting here enjoying a hot after-dinner Christmas glögg.  A Swedish tradition. The spiced raisins and almonds at the bottom of my glass mug taste cinnamon and clover. Delicious. I’m off tonight from this month’s serious work crunch.

terrace christmas lights ud36But it’s already dark and too late to go see the birds at the salt marsh. Haven’t managed to get any such privileged breaks so far this week. No new pictures to share or feathered stories to tell. But since Thursday has (kind of) been my posting day, I thought I’d let it all hang out. We’re among friends, as Ben Huberman put it in his post about this week’s photo challenge: Oops! So here we go. My biggest oops in the history of salt marsh stories.

black-crowned night heron UD36It’s a beautiful day early March this year. Everybody is going about their business as usual. Mama Sandy is sitting on the eggs and Papa Stanley is keeping her company at the nest.

male osprey at the nestAnd I’m keeping company to both of them. Suddenly Stanley stands up. He turns around. Flexes his wings and talons.

papa osprey turns ud36He looks over my head intensely towards the bay behind me.

papa osprey faces the danger ud36I am still only focused on his move and wonder what that excitement is all about. What I don’t see is this (photo taken a few weeks later).

young blue heron coming in ud 36Stanley takes off, staring right above my head. His is talons are ready.

papa osprey faces danger ud36Action! Whatever will happen I’m ready! I see Stanley meeting a big bird in the air, just three feet above the nest. His talons are pounding the attacker. But my camera doesn’t see it. It needes a second or two to reset itself after I’d shot the full sequence. NO! Not now. Please. Come back!

Papa chaces the gbh ud36papa osprey in chase ud36When it finally wakes up after the two longest, most dramatic seconds in the world, it finds Stanley diving down to the marsh for the second time. To teach the silly young man a lesson.

papa osprey dives after the egg thief ud36What an event! Stanley successfully defends Sandy and the eggs in the nest…and I miss it. The trust in my photographic skills gets a bigger dent than the leg and butt of the young culprit.

blue heron the culprit ud36But I recovered. Oops happens. And just a few weeks later, when the eggs had hatched and the little nestlings (who’d grow up to three mighty birds) were in the nest with Sandy, I witnessed another impending attack by the same silly bird. But this time Sandy was on her watch and thwarted his attack before he even got off the ground. And this time my camera didn’t sleep.

mama osprey prevents attack by blue heron ud36blue heron goes down UD36But did the young Blue Heron learn his lesson? That remains to be seen when the nesting season starts again in a few weeks. I hope to get some fresh news for you over the weekend.

I think it’s time for another cup of glögg. You’ll find an impressive collection of oops and disasters here.

63 thoughts on “Oops! I totally missed it.”

  1. Great action shots Tiny, you have done well despite the Oops! Enjoy your rest and the rest of this season, I have had a poor birding week also, but that’s birding! You have your and bad, and sometimes you just don’t get the time. Have a great weekend:-)

    1. Thank you Ashley. It would have been wonderful to capture the defense itself, but it wasn’t to be. I hope to get in at least one good walk over the weekend, hopefully two 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend you too!

  2. You captured the drama Helen that’s for sure!! Is the same blue heron around this year? If so, I expect Stanley and Sandy will be ready for him … And you will be too. 💛

    1. Yes, he’s still here. Sometimes the Major chases him away, but he always appears again. I’ve seen Sandy already watching him carefully…so I believe they are ready for him. Me, not so sure 😀

    1. That’s so true. Tonight I’ve enjoyed just being, then writing and now being again. I don’t know if you remember the dream I had and you interpreted…you were right, I won the bid. And now I’m very busy, but happy too 🙂

    1. Sandy was so cool and collected. She had been watching him for a while, and then saw he was coming. She was alone with the chicks (Stanley was fishing), so she didn’t want him to come up over the nest 🙂

  3. Ah tiny, even your opps are full of drama! LOL
    I will email you sometime this weekend to apologize for not doing what I said I would and an explanation. I’m so bad lately.

    1. LOL. It was a dramatic season in 2015. I just thought about messaging you, not because of “that” (no stress, please), but just to hear how things are going ❤

    1. Thanks Cindy. No mine doesn’t have rum in it. It’s red wine, spiced with cinnamon, clover and honey, and with added raisins & almonds – all warmed up. And if you want to have it stronger you can add little vodka to it, but I like it just made from wine.

    1. I agree! The Osprey family is very determined to keep their nest for themselves. I hope that this GBH has grown up a bit and will leave them in peace this coming season. Very nice to see you Gallivanta & I wish you a wonderful Holiday Season 🙂

  4. A very entertaining ‘Oops’ series, Helen. I’d love to join you in one of those glöggs. 🙂 Sound really delicious. Stanley is such a hero! No wonder Sandy loves him. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your relaxation time. xx

    1. Thanks Sylvia! It would’ve been nice to have glögg-company! Yes, Stanley did well, and later on Sandy too when hubs was out fishing. They are such a cool couple. Have a wonderful weekend. XX

    1. Thank you for sharing this interesting article! My interpretation of the outcome is that the Osprey gave up because it was “only” a perching platform, and not a nest. They usually have several perches they favor at different times of the year. Ospreys are not considered territorial birds, and that is because they will only defend their immediate nest – and in that they are fierce, which I’ve been lucky witness twice last season.

  5. What a lovely bird-story with plenty of suspence and adventure,dear Tiny!Wonderful photos,even the oops moments had a lovely role to play!Thank God the family was saved thanks to Stanley’s brave efforts and fights.Enjoy a wonderful weekend with more glogg hot drinks and less work 🙂 Doda xxx

    1. Thank you dear Doda! I can now laugh at the oops, but was close to cry when it happened 🙂 I have a good weekend and I’m finally planning to go to see these fellows later this afternoon. I wish you a wonderful weekend as well! Tiny XX

  6. I laughed out loud when I saw the oops photos. I KNOW those seconds well, especially when I am doing long exposure and I see a truck coming towards me standing on a rickety bridge that shakes, rattles and rolls any time a vehicle crosses it. And yes we both know what happens to that picture cooking. LOL Great story … and take care of you. I KNOW busy, oh believe you me! I don’t have any hot glogg and truly wish I could join you. LOVED the photo of your Christmas lights, something I have yet to photograph. *sigh* Maybe not this year? LOL Time is just flying!!!! ❤

    1. I knew you could relate to this oops, Amy 🙂 Those delays are bound to happen when we’re most eager to capture some action, or are working ona long exposure. I wish too you could have joined me for the Christmas glögg! We have so many holiday light here around that one evening I plan (hope) to go out there and take some photos. Take care and have a wonderful weekend, Amy !! ❤

      1. I plan on getting some photos too. Hopefully tonight!! Happy lights hunting, my friend! I’ll think of you as I try to figure out the best settings in which to shoot. It’s been a while since I’ve done night photography. LOL (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

    1. Thank you Donna! Some of the captures were nice, but would have liked to document the main drama of defending the nest…but that was not to be 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Thank you! I had a few mugs of glögg over the Christmas time. We have a say in Sweden “Christmas lasts until Easter” but that doesn’t apply to glögg 🙂

  7. Even your “oops” impresses me. Busy is okay. We do need to allow ourselves to take a step back and just “BE”. I like the sound of your drink very much. Sometimes I will lace my coffee with cinnamon, almonds and coconut flakes! Hahaha. I hope your festivities were wonderful. How nice it must be to sit on your balcony and sipping whatever and just enjoying the moment. I can’t wait to see all the goodness 2016 will bring. Have a lovely day Tiny! 🙂

    1. Thank you Koko! And sorry for this tardy response. I had piled up too many work commitments to be done before end year…and finally it’s all done and I can breathe out 🙂 Have a wonderful New Year and I wish you peace and happiness, and life just the way you like it, in 2016! XX

      1. Please never worry about responding. I know how busy you are! You have a lot on your plate with keeping up with your blog and with life tossed in, well…things do add up! I always love hearing from you, but know if I don’t I still value your kindness. Here’s to 2016! I am so excited to see what is in store for all of us! Take care Tiny! Peace, Koko 🙂

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