This is Harriett’s third winter at the Santo Antônio Dam reservoir. Do not consider her a juvenile anymore. She has become one remarkable bird, fully capable of the challengers before her. At this time in her life she is entirely unaware of her, and The Doctor’s, destiny.
“This place is great! I’ve made several good friends down here in Brazil. They have also found the Santo Antonio Dam Reservoir to be a super wintering ground. It’s almost like Lake Maracaibo,Venezuela in the old days; back in the 1950s and 1960s. The Reservoir lacks all the excitement of the Catatumbo Lightning, marvelous fishing and of course all the yearling’s flirting, giggling, festive gaiety. It is a darn shame what the H. Sapiens of Venezuela did to our pristine, idyllic lake. But that’s a thing of the past. Nothing can be done about it now.”
“Some of the guys here at the reservoir are young and really strong. This will be my seventh migration north, if you recall. I hate to admit it, but I really want to be part of a strong skein this year. My days of flying lead may be coming to an end. We will be leaving tomorrow, so I should be seeing you all in about two weeks.”
Harriet can’t wait to leave her South American wintering ground; all she can think about is Ozzie and The Doctor. She will travel over 2100 miles in the next 2 weeks excitedly anticipating her arrival at the Taj Mahal.
Hariett’s telepathic abilities with The Doctor have become extraordinarily keen. Distance is no longer an obstacle; the two of them have been communicating all winter, but have been quite mum regarding their thoughts. The Doctor has been busy trying to surprise her, but Harriett has become so good she can practically read his mind. She already knows about the new camera and the cadre of new followers, but still, she will be in for a few surprises when she gets home; that is, if she survives the crossing.
“Yeah, yes, yes. I know the trip is dangerous and full of the unexpected. But remember, this is my seventh trip north and I’ve learned to expect the unexpected. I’m pretty sure I can be a valuable member of any skein I join. Plus, like I said, I’ve met a lot of young healthy strong Osprey this year and I’m sure we will be traveling together. The need to breed has struck us all. Everyone is ready and raring to go.”
Harriett O. Raptor
North River Carteret Co. NC