If anyone deserves a beautiful Mother’s Day, it’s this bird.
A female osprey was caught on camera on Tuesday night determinedly protecting her egg-filled nest as a hailstorm raged around her.
The pictures came from a live stream of the Nest―which is located in Longmont, Colorado―published by Boulder County Parks and Open Space.
“The female fairground osprey was relentless in protecting her eggs during last night’s hailstorm,” the county department wrote. in a Facebook post Wednesday. “She was pounded by pea-sized hail and never left the nest.”
And the efforts of the bird of prey paid off since, as the ministry wrote, all the eggs weathered the storm.
“We hope to see chicks in a few weeks,” the post added.
Some commentators have wondered why authorities didn’t build a canopy or some sort of protective roof over the nest. But, as others have pointed out, ospreys prefer to nest in open spaces.
Also, the female osprey and her mate have been doing well for years. The live camera has been monitoring the couple since 2011, spokesperson for Boulder County Parks and Open Spaces Nik Brockman told KOAA.
Unless you count their relationship issues.
“We observed a few times that a very different male or female appeared on the nest,” Brockman told the outlet. “It kind of created a drama.”