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.
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.
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.
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.
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014