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Osprey Pair Guards Nest From Intruders

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The ospreys are having a housing crisis. They want to nest up high, but there are not enough spots for the birds that have come to breed. The only way for the young, less-experienced birds to get a good nest site is to steal one.

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- [Narrator] The ospreys are having a housing crisis of their own.

They want to nest up high.

But even with all the platforms, there are not enough sites for the birds that have come to breed.

Young, less-experienced ones lose out.

Their only way to get a good nest site is to steal one.

A young osprey with ramped-up hormones launches a direct attack on our pair.

It's a rash move with little chance of success.

The pair is strong, and they know their jobs.

He heads up to provide air cover over the nest.

She hunkers down to protect their property.

(ospreys calling) Young birds keep coming, but they can find no opening in the pair's defenses.

(ospreys calling) Young challengers aren't likely to overwhelm ospreys in their prime.

(ospreys calling)

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