Ospreys

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This pair of Osprey Eagles was trying to build a nest for themselves in a tree along the Colonial Parkway when we spotted them on Saturday afternoon.

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My partner spotted the birds sitting in the tree, and pulled into a parking area across the road.  Their tree sits less than 20 feet from the roadway, in an  open area.

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When we stopped, one flew off, leaving his mate perched on a small branch.  He soon returned with a branch to lay the foundation for their nest.  As we continued to watch, he came and went several times without finding a good position in which to leave his branch.  Eventually both flew off together.

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We hope they found a better tree for nest building.  One with perhaps a little more privacy, a little further from the main road, for raising their family this summer.

 

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

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One response to “Ospreys

  1. I lived in FL and it was difficult for me to photograph them. I like how you caught the one carrying that big branch. I saw one from afar, carrying a fish almost the same size as the osprey, in his claws!

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