Back on the boat, editing photos, I could zoom in on the rope and got more concerned as it looked like it had been tight on the upper leg and rubbed feathers away and into the skin.
My instinct always is to leave well enough alone, but I didn't feel right knowing she could be in trouble and not consulting someone.
I ruled out the government agency. I pictured nets being dropped from a helicopter on an animal who can likely solve her own predicament.
I looked up the local rescue agencies. Rang one number, no answer. No surprise on a Saturday evening. I didn't leave a message.
Within ten minutes, Lorinne called me from Second Chance Wildlife Centre. I gave her a sketch of the situation.
"Is she flying?" she asked.
"Oh, yeah," I said
"Then that's it," she said.
They wouldn't attempt to catch a raptor on the wing. Whew, I liked that answer.
We talked for a while and she told me about a recent rescue of a juvenile osprey.
The bird had landed on the Gabriola ferry with the marks of an eagle attack. Lorinne retrieved the bird and immediately shipped it by floatplane to O.W.L. on the mainland in Delta, B.C.
She asked if I was around for another day as the bird would be back for release soon and would I like to be there?
Tough question, that part of me that doesn't agree with the interference goes against the other part that wants to be as near as possible to these birds and the part of me that believes that wildlife rescue, when done well, helps keep some populations going in a human-dominated landscape.
She said she'd call over to O.W.L. to find out when the release would happen.
It seemed the young male didn't know how to fish yet and they wouldn't free him until he did. There were training sessions going on with a pool and goldfish. Lorinne said osprey are hard to rehabilitate because they are fussy eaters.
As for the entangled female, O.W.L. reported that if she couldn't free herself, she would eventually get into trouble. They said her mate would feed her but eventually give up if she couldn't pull her weight.
Lorinne and I both wondered whether the rope had come from someone trying to catch her.
I gave her the nest location so she could monitor, or get people who work at the port facility to keep watch.
If she comes to ground exhausted or hurt, they will pick her up.
Looks like weekends in Nanaimo will be the new regime. I hope the rope is gone when I see her next.