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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, February THE LKTKBRIDQE HERALD t Ask Andy THE OSPREY Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Natalie Kitt, age 13, of Poland, Ohio, for her ques- tion: What is an osprey? This magnificent bird is a member of the hunting hawk family and his favorite food is fish. He lives in temperate and northern regions by seashores and around inland waterways. Though his numbers have been reduced, he still survives across North America and most of Europe. He may nest around Australia, perhaps on the Great Barrier Reef. He can be found soaring over the Red Sea or over the rich fishing grounds along the coast of Peru. Soaring in the sky, when the sun glints on his snowy crest, the osprey might be mistaken for a smallish American eagle. Both are great birds of prey of the falcon order, both soar above seashores and inland waters. However, there are signs to show which is which. The American, or bald, eagle does not get his snowy head feathrers for perhaps seven years when he is fully grown and his wide, mighty wings spread six or seven feet wide. The fully grown osprey has narrower wings that span about sin feet at most. His head and underside are white. Unlike the American eagle, he wears a ribbon of dark feathers from his keen yellow eye to the dark plumage on his back. The osprey is blessed with more efficient talons, and this makes a great deal of difference to the hunting habits of these great falcons. The osprey is one of the bird world's most talented fishermen. For hours he perches on a rocky ledge or high in a tall tree, scanning the scenery far and near. When ready to feed, he spreads his great wings and soars over the water. When his keen golden eyes spot a frisky fish of the right size, he moves down to 50 or 100 feet and circles around the target. Suddenly he swoops in a spectacular dive, which usually ends with a mighty splash. Your eyes might report that he dives head first. But slow motion pictures show that at the last moment his feet swing down and nine times out of ten he comes up grabbing a fish in his talons This is a very good average for any fisherman. What's more, the fish has no chance to escape. The insides of the osprey's talons are spiked with scaly spines which enable him to get an unshakable grip on even the most slippery fish. When fish are scarce, he may catch a rodent or even a chicken. The osprey's enemies include raccoons and eagles, who rob the next. However, the American eagle often steals the osprey's catch Unfortunately the eagle is a poor fisherman. So, being a larger bird, he often steals fish from the osprey, either on the wing or on the ground. Osprey parents perch their large shaggy next in a tall tree or on a lofty ledge. Mrs. 0. lays three brown freckled eggs and broods on them for five long weeks. The proud male bird guards the nest and brings home fish dinners for the mother and her hungry chicks. The young ospreys are ready to take their first fishing lessons when about two months old. d by cMM- m of Herald readers ahouM be mailed to Aek Andy. P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beech, California (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN t. CMcaw BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: 0872' The bidding has proceeded: North East Sooth West 1 Pass 2 V Pass 3 Pass What do you bid now? A should be alive to the possibilities at slam. Partner has shown better than a minimum opening bid bv raising your suit to the three level, and the hands appear to fit well. The fate of the hand probably on part- ner's diamond holding To check on controls. >ou should start a cue-bidding sequence with a bid of four clubs Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: OAQ7Z The bidding has proceeded: North East Sooth West Pass Pass 1 4 Pass 2 V Pass What do you bid now? A. Pass Since partner is a passed hand, game is highly un- likely. Partner must have at least five hearts, so your jack and one Is fair support Partner's spade holding Is unknown, so a rebid of two spades by you could land your side in an inferior contract. Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: 0152 The bidding has proceeded: North East Snrth West IV 2d> What do you bid? A You dare not bid two spades, for that would be forc- ing and get >our side to the three-level when you might not have the values Be very careful with a free bid In suits higher ranking than partner's Yon might still get a chance to show your spade suit, for partner will reopen the bidding with a good hand. Q. 4-As South, vulnerable, you hold: 07 4CS The bidding has proceeded: Sovth Wrst North East 1 z nkfc. Pass What do you bid now? partner's double was for and yos ran cer- tainly defeat 1Jie contract, yonr recompense might fee inadequate You swrely have a came. perhaps rvrn vnu femove tlie double. We iKtiiw- mend a jomp to three hearts. for a bid of two hearts might give partner the impression that running from the double with a weak, distributional hand Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: 4AKQ10S OAJ7642 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 0 Pass 2 Pass 2 A Pass 3 39 What do you bid now? A You have already an- nounced a strong hand with your reverse bid. and it looks like there is a possible misfit. Since partner responded at the two- level. >our pass is forcing It gives partner the opportunity to double for penalties, and that might be best bet for a profit Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: 6 2 0J4 3 Partner opens the bidding with five diamonds. What ac- tion do you take? A Six no trump. A preempt at this level generally shows a solid cight-or-nine-card suit, so you can virtually count the tricks needed for slam However, it might be vital to protect your king of hearts from being led thru at trick one. just in case partner has a low doubleton in the suit. Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: OK754 The bidding has proceeded: East SMrth I What action do you take? hand has splendid offensive potential, and could easily produce a game in part- ner's best suit, even if he has a below average hand There is no reason to consider any bid other than a takeout double Q. South, vulnerable, you hold: 17 1C PEOPLE PEOPLE fO A FOKA y X, oooi> VOW SLAUGHTER P-F OPLE. rOK DON'T THAT TAKt ALL fi by frank .'mil SUSSS "WE OV SUNWKV DRIVING. HAND LOIS JbL Dj OM YEAH, BUT CAN'T FIND THAT LITTLE THREAD TO HOOK: IT HAVEN'T YOU ear IT ZIPPED STUPIP WOMEN'S WHERE IS IT? HUSBANDS COULDN'T FIND A STRAW IN A BROOM FACTORY SHE HAP TO HAVE HEARD THAT BOGS BUNNY HERE COVeS THAT CHISEUN' SYLVESTER T REAP AZINES PER FREE ASAIN, 6UT THIS TIME I'M FBR HIM.' WHAT, MAY I ASK, IS THffT? Trf ALARM Off, VA BLONME by chic young EVERY TIME THAT ALARM GOES fiS) T OFF IT MEANS I HAVE TO GET SOMEBODY INVENT AW ALARM CLOCK THAT DOESN'T RING iv BUT IF IT DIDN'T RING Y YOU'D BE LATE FOR WORK EVERY DAY WELL, AT LEAST