"Brian Everingham" <>
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
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