quite the morning of fishing (pic heavy)

b_illymac

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Left the house at 0330 to try to make the sunrise on a new to me but popular lake. The day got light quick but the smoke lingered: 20210802_054954.jpg I missed a few fish before finally connecting on a chunk: 20210802_062206.jpg The lake was almost totally dead calm. Almost eerie. I never had to set anchor. 20210802_053425.jpg I fished a long ways into the cliffed out area without much action but what a morning to myself. 20210802_074145.jpg The sun started peaking through and I decided to work my way back before it got too hot. 20210802_070850.jpg Not far from the ramp I found a deeper weedline and had the slightest breeze to drift perfectly along. Slammed by a nicer chunk. 20210802_085144.jpg My pattern is simple and it looked like this a few hundred bass ago: 20200813_170211.jpg
That deeper weedline quickly became game on and really made my day. Weird because it was getting hot. 20210802_090002.jpg 20210802_093835.jpg 20210802_095209.jpg If you look closely in the last photo you can see a pole. I started hearing a commotion from this nesting box as what I thought was a falcon was hanging upside down with it's mate going bonkers. Although I was on a fun bite I couldn't not do anything. I took the boat out and drove up the hill. No cell service. I drove further up the hill. I dialed 911 and explained I didn't have an emergency but needed to talk to a game warden or wildlife biologist. The dispatcher wasn't sure when they would call me back but she was nice. I felt like with the heat bearing down I needed to see if I could help the bird. I drove back down the hill and hiked carefully through the grass. Shit this isn't good: 20210802_102232.jpg Screenshot_20210802-204218.png I had a tie down hook and a rope and went to trying to throw it up. It felt fruitless. Finally a toss and a connect. But would it work? Screenshot_20210802-143034.png I pulled very hard and stuff started popping and falling down. Then the bird slowly started to drop. 20210802_103256(0).jpg It's mate buzzed me so close I swear I felt the wind from it. The situation was bad. The bird was hot, panting and I'm sure close to shock. 20210802_103512.jpg I took my shirt and wet it and the bird down with my last cool water and covered it: 20210802_104207.jpg I worked and worked to free the bird. What I truely think was the culprit was fishing line. 20210802_104326.jpg Finally free but was he injured? 20210802_104439.jpg I cleaned up everything. He wasn't flying. I hiked back and again drove up the hill. I called the WDFW Ephrata office. Couldn't get anyone on the phone because it was all pre recorded covid messages. Called the Sheriff and talked to animal control. He texted me a biologist's number. He was a nice guy. Verbalized leaving it and letting nature do it's thing verses trying to get it to rehab and a vet. Now I've hunted my whole life and I wasn't going to leave the bird because I thought maybe it had a broken wing and I just couldn't do it. I drove down and hiked to the bird again with a container if need be to capture it. 20210802_105256.jpg He seemed better and when I got close well...:) Screenshot_20210802-213043.png He flew across the lake!

What a morning!
Billy
 

Gyrfalcon21

Active Member
Great Job, Billy ! Wow! Fantastic you took control of the situation and didn't wait.

Well done.

That's an immature Osprey with darker eyes and a lot of white highlights/spotting you find on new birds of the year. Looks like a fledged bird that was still using the nest to return to to sleep at night.

Shocking amount of baling twine in the nest?
 
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triploidjunkie

Active Member
Great Job, Billy ! Wow! Fantastic you took control of the situation and didn't wait.

Well done.

That's an immature Osprey with darker eyes and a lot of white highlights/spotting you find on new birds of the year. Looks like a fledged bird that was still using the nest to return to to sleep at night.

Shocking amount of baling twine in the nest?
It's super common for osprey to use baling twine around here. I was checking out a nest this weekend that looked the same or worse, and I was thinking the osprey would befall the same fate. We lost all eighteen osprey hatchlings this year on the wildlife refuge I manage. It would be horrible to lose the parents too.
 

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