Osprey Denied Access @ Loveladies

Osprey struggles in the surf at Loveladies.
Osprey struggles in the surf at Loveladies.

Back in the day, the Old Timers used to tell us Youngsters we could swim anywhere on LBI we wanted… except Loveladies. “If you swim there”, the Old Timers would say, “the rich folks will capture you and make you work in their factories.” It only recently occurred to me  that many of those factories had probably closed by now, or moved overseas to China where there are far more children to capture. So I decided to drop by Loveladies this morning on a hunt for Red Banded Osprey. While I failed epically to find any adorable ‘lil Red Banderz, the instinct that had drawn me there paid off and I witnessed something I have been waiting over five years to see.

An Osprey had come in from the Sea and crossed the beach very low.  When he went to lift over the Oceanfront monstrosities in Loveladies, it was clear something was not right.
An Osprey had come in from the Sea and crossed the beach very low. When she went to lift over the Oceanfront in Loveladies, it was clear something was not right.
It appears this Osprey ordered the Lumberjack Special for breakfast, and was either unable or too tired to lift this fish over some newly constructed monster that looks like it will be a nuisance to replace when the sea eats it, which it surely will.
It appears this Osprey ordered the Lumberjack Special for breakfast, and was either unable or too tired to lift this fish over some newly constructed monstrosity that looks like it will be a nuisance to replace when the sea eats it, which it surely will.
So he did something I've always wished for. He turned around and flew straight at my face.
So she did something I’ve always wished for. She turned around and flew straight at my face.
Realizing that this was Labor Day, and just like the rest of us, would have one heck of a time crossing the Boulevard....
Realizing that this was Labor Day, and, just like the rest of us, she would have one heck of a time crossing the Boulevard….
 she did just what we would do. Said "Forget it" and plopped herself down on the beach with me and immediately got photo-bombed by a juvenile Herring Gull....
She did just what many of us would do: said “forget that!” and plopped herself down on the beach with me, only to get immediately photo-bombed by a juvenile Herring Gull….
... who just a quickly started whining annoyingly and begging the Osprey for her fish. Ahhh, those dumb, dumb Cheezitz.
… who just as quickly started whining annoyingly and begging the Osprey for her fish. Ahhh, those dumb, dumb Cheezitz.
She was too nervous to dine with me, and eventually headed out to sea where she dropped this load back to where it came from, heading out of site to find a more reasonable breakfast.
But she was too nervous to dine with me, and eventually headed back out to sea where she dropped this load back to where it came from, eventually flying out of sight. Hopefully to find a more reasonable breakfast.