Gettin’ Buzzed, Bombed, Blasted, & Blitzed: With Ben Wurst

Ben Wurst catches a buzz, first thing in the morning.
Ben Wurst catches a buzz, first thing in the morning.
You might think Ben Wurst's amazing life as the Osprey Hero for the State of New Jersey is all kitten whispers and tickle fights as he snuggle adorable young Osprey when he cares for their nests....
You might think Ben Wurst’s awesome life as the Osprey Hero for the State of New Jersey is all kitten whispers and tickle fights as he snuggles adorable baby Osprey and lovingly cares for their nests….
Playing peek-a-poo and how-many-fingers with the Juvenile Osprey to test their intelligence and entrain the as they wait to fledge....
…Playing peek-a-poo and how-many-fingers-am-I-holding-up with the Juveniles to test their intelligence and to entertain them as they wait to fledge….
... but if you look just above those adorable babies, you'll find naught but dark terror reigning down from the skies....
But if you look just above those adorable little babies, you’ll find naught but dark terror reigning down from the skies….
Ben, I think you better get off the phone...
Ben, I think that txt can wait….
Osprey banding is alway an adventure, as Osprey are generally great parents and will mercilessly buzz, bomb, blast, and blitz anything that comes to close to their nests.
Osprey banding is alway an adventure, especially because Osprey are wickedly tense parents and will mercilessly buzz, bomb, blast, and blitz anything that comes to close to their nests… especially Ben Wurst. Just the sight of his boat or the sound of his ladder clanking is enough to stir the adults into a frenzied attack.
Ben knows their limits and is generally unfazed by the all hoop-la...
But Ben knows their bluff & their limits, so is totally unfazed by all the hoop-la, continuing on with his important work of caring for our Mighty Fish Hawks, always working quickly to limit the stress on Mom & Dad. Dive bombing is exhausting work for an Osprey….
... especially when they refuse to let go of their fish....
… especially when they refuse to let go of their fish….
But for a first visitor to an Osprey's nest, the experience can be a little.... exhilarating
For a first time visitor to an Osprey’s nest, the experience can be a little…. exhilarating?
You hear Ben's voice gentle voice telling you not to worry, that the worst that will happen is that the Osprey will steal your hat...
I mean, you hear Ben’s voice gentle voice telling you not to worry, that the worst that will happen is that the Osprey will steal your hat… but all you really hear is “blah blah blah, you’re going to die today, blah, blah, blah, your face looks like a tasty to bluefish to them…”
But when you first hear the WHOOOSH and feel the breeze of the Osprey grazing your precious head... well... you wonder how you got yourself into this crazy situation and hope you told your loved ones that you loved them
When you first hear the WHOOOSH of the Osprey diving in a stoop, and feel the breeze of the Osprey grazing your precious head… well… you wonder how you got yourself into this crazy situation and hope you told your loved ones that you loved them recently.
But its all good. Ben would never let any harm come to anyone. He is a kind & patient teacher, always willing to engage people and share his knowledge, his experience, and his love of our Osprey.
But its all good. Ben would never let any harm come to anyone. He is a kind & patient teacher, always willing to engage people and share his knowledge, his experience, and his love of our Osprey. Including with this lucky young lady who happened to Kayak by a banding and asked Ben what he was doing.

Please Buzz, Bomb, Blast & Blitz the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey & The NJ Osprey Project  with donations!