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Osprey Banding in Luxury

On July 2nd, 2011 we again went out on the mighty Wolf river to band osprey chicks. This time we went out in luxury. The Wolf was way high and a pontoon boat was just perfect for the event. We did not think our climber could climb the pole from a canoe. So Sharkey Schroeder, the climber from Great Lakes Linebuilder, brought a pontoon boat for the chore. It went quite well and not one of us got wet.

The color this year is orange for the left leg and the normal US Fish and Wildlife silver on the right leg.




Photos copyright by Jim Schroeder and Fisher
Launching the craft.
Launching the craft.
High water
High water
Female on the nest.
Female on the nest.
Still hanging in there.
Still hanging in there.
Time to bail out.
Time to bail out.
The work begins
The work begins
Checking the equipment before climbing
Checking the equipment before climbing
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Not to happy parents
Not to happy parents
Chick number one on the boat.
Chick number one on the boat.
Jean holds her first osprey.
Jean holds her first osprey.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife band first on right leg
U.S. Fish and Wildlife band first on right leg
Orange band next on left leg
Orange band next on left leg
Second chick on the way down.
Second chick on the way down.
Tara holds the second chick
Tara holds the second chick
Close up of bands on legs..
Close up of bands on legs..
Chick number three is the smallest of the group
Chick number three is the smallest of the group
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To Jeans brother, See if you can top this?
To Jeans brother, "See if you can top this"?
Not to be outdone by the cameras on the boat.
Not to be outdone by the cameras on the boat.
A view from the nest
A view from the nest
A birds eye view of the Wolf River.
A birds eye view of the Wolf River.
Close up at the top
Close up at the top
She is still mad at us
She is still mad at us
Heading for the nest.
Heading for the nest.
She returns to the nest while we are pulling away.
She returns to the nest while we are pulling away.
Home sweet osprey home.
Home sweet osprey home.
Sharky, man of the hour.
Sharky, man of the hour.
Treats.
Treats.
Job well done.
Job well done.
Can't wait till next year on the Wolf
Can't wait till next year on the Wolf