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Subject: Ospreys
From: "Brian Everingham" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 17:36:20 +1000
While birding our way around the Mid North Coast of NSW my wife and I called in to have a look at Bongil Bongil National Park just south of Sawtell. We took a walk along the northern banks of Bonville Creek and flushed an Osprey from a tree on the edge of a mangrove lined inlet. The bird flew to another tree across the inlet and landed on the back of another osprey, perched high on dead branches. The first bird did a small treading dance on the back of the second before flying down to a lower branch.
At that level we found a large nest. We do not know if it was the nest of an osprey but both birds were in this tree and it did appear to be like other osprey nests we have seen.
So far all seemed in order. At that moment we then noticed something that had us wonder. In the tree from which the first osprey had flown we found another nest and another, third osprey! Now I have  no evidence that the first osprey had any connection to the third bird but was curious. I have no records here with me but are osprey birds that mate with one partner or could it be that we have a male bird who has two partners both nesting and both within sight of each other.
Regular local birdwatchers might be able to add more to this email
Brian Everingham
PO Box 269
NSW 2233
+61 2 95209341
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