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03-AUG-2008 Photo by Schmidt

~ on a personal note ~

Every year I would wait with great anticipation for the phone call, "Guess who's back?!?" "Meet you at the nest?" "See you there!"

Fisher and I logged many hours under that nest. In warm, sunny weather, the cold, the heat, wind, humidity and sometimes mosquito laden, but we didn't care. It was fun and we enjoyed it. We would joke at times that we must be crazy. Between the two of us we have thousands of photos of her.

Lady Blue also bonded a friendship that no shooter can ever break. I learned about ospreys and other wild things and also, I learned about my friend. We shared laughs and troubles, we shared portions of our lives with one another. No shooter will ever take that from me.

It sucks (for lack of a better word) because the shooter took something not only from Fisher and myself, but from our whole community. We met lots of very nice people there. We would talk about ospreys, camera gear, where they were from, as many would come from out of town for the softball tournaments that are often held there. They would also share with us their wildlife experiences. One person said, "I want to be part of your group." We just laughed and said, You are!

This year was the first year an educational program was held in conjunction with banding the chicks. There were many young kids that came to watch and were interested in learning more about ospreys. It was an accessible nest, hands on learning if you will, all for FREE. The ospreys were hurting NO ONE.

What a waste.

Well shooter, guess what. Come next March I will still wait with great anticipation for the phone call. We will still go to the nest site and watch and wait. We will still monitor what goes on there. And hopefully we might get to band there again.

There is no way in hell you will ever take that away from us.

Canon EOS 40D
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Alexandre Lage 20-Aug-2008 22:50
Im so sorry to know that some people can do this with such a beautiful animal. Im from Brazil and own a little hotel in central Brazil at a river called "Cristalino". Every January i see an Osprey flyng around the area. its very beautiful. I hope the osprey i see at my hotel isnt Lady Blue. If not i will take some shots to show you. sorry for the bad english. Alexandre Lage
Kathy 16-Aug-2008 02:36
My heart breaks for this beautiful bird, and all the others who are left to suffer and die alone because of a human's ignorance and carelessness. What a tragedy. Kathy
Barb 15-Aug-2008 19:44
Pat, Sergej told me about your this incident and was truly upset. For those of us that care for the well being of all creatures it is hard to comprehend how some humans can be so cold and uncaring. It was such a senseless act of cruelty. Thank goodness for the rescuers and all who tried their best to help Lady Blue.

I wait each year for the return of our Ospreys to Southern MI. Once they arrive I feel like my kids are home again for the summer. My words can't express how sorry I am for the loss of your beautiful friend. I'll be thinking of you next Osprey season.
Raymond09-Aug-2008 22:33
I'm speechless facing such a useless waste... man, you'd have to be such an ass to do something like that... completly senseless. But... I see that there were also many great people around you, people who care, wanna learn and meet friends. Somehow... I recognize a little bit of Zoey in you... quite a beautiful spirit.
Thanks for bringing us that story, however sad it may be. And yes... you'll get a call nest spring... I can feel it.
Ed Preston09-Aug-2008 22:14
You tell 'em Tammie! I'm glad I never got into hunting, even if this happened by mistake (which I doubt) I'm not sure osprey would be good eating, never seen it on a menu, why hunt something that your not going to use!

Take care, and good (photo) shooting!