An Osprey Lover Is An “Ospreyer” (Or So I Say)

Unfortunately, our Oyster Cove’s community Osprey nest platform that is 150-200 ft from my balcony did not successfully entice a pair of Osprey to take residence this year again.  Part of the reason is the returning resident pair on the southend Kent Narrows Channel Marker #3 pair has used our platform for a perch to keep a close eye on their home and especially now with the Mrs who is incubating eggs.  Other Osprey perch on it as well but are always challenged to leave by Marker #3 Mr. Osprey.  It is obvious he does think it is his perch, and believe me he keeps his eye on it.

Even though there are no full-time residents for our platform, there still is a lot of Osprey activity so I’m a happy Ospreyer.  There are at least eight active Osprey nests that I am aware of on the water within a 1/4 mile, so one is practically in the air somewhere above or in front of me.

Here is an Osprey series from the past month.  🙂

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KN Channel Marker #3 Mr Osprey chasing off an 'intruder' on his perch!

KN Channel Marker #3 Mr Osprey chasing off an ‘intruder’ on his perch!

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Marker #3 Mr. Osprey challenged a passing Osprey by flipping upside down and flashing his claws.  The Mrs. is down in the nest verbally giving her two cents.

Although they challenge and holler at each other when one is in another’s ‘territory’, on a steady 15-20mph windy day our area Osprey will soar together.  Go figure, lol.  I was watching six Osprey on April 13 doing this and finally was able to get five of them in one frame.  Note the bottom Osprey has a fish.  He ate it while flying!

Five Osprey soaring on a windy day.

No quarrels here!  Five of six Osprey soaring on a windy day.  Bottom Osprey has a fish that he ate while flying.

These next photos show those very sharp talons.

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High Five!

High Five!

Geez, looks like he could poke his eye out.

Geez, looks like he could poke his eye out with those talons.

Our community’s bulkhead was renovated and straw grass was put down to cover and protect our seeded lawn alongside the bulkhead.  I have enjoyed watching different Osprey swoop down and grab a clump for nesting material.  If anyone in the community wondered where some of the missing straw is, now you know!  LOL

KN Channel Marker #3 Mr. Osprey snatching a clump.

KN Channel Marker #3 Mr. Osprey with a snatched clump.

You can see he's gotten his share of straw.

You can see he’s gotten his share of straw for their nest.

CBEC Osprey taking his turn.

A Marshy Creek Osprey resident taking his turn.

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Capturing an Osprey with a fish up close is my ultimate challenge.  Bingo!

Heading home to the Mrs. with dinner.

Heading home to the Mrs. with breakfast.

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Another one of my Osprey overloads!  🙂
Hope you enjoyed and thank you for stopping by!

37 thoughts on “An Osprey Lover Is An “Ospreyer” (Or So I Say)

  1. These were all interesting shots which show how they grasp with their talons, different from other raptors. And yes, they are sharp! I got a kick out of how they are utilizing the straw and flying upside down.. When I got to the last two I was very impressed . Great captures!

    • Thank you Jane! Great noticing, yes the osprey’s feet are uniquely adapted to “air fishing.” Each osprey foot has a reversible front toe, as well as barbs (called spicules), which help it hold onto a slippery fish in flight. Re the straw, I’ve since spotted a couple small land bird nests in our community’s trees and they are loving the straw for nesting materials too! 🙂

  2. It’s a shame that the nesting platform nearest you isn’t being used for a nest, but that hasn’t stopped you from getting some stunning photos! Especially the last series of the osprey and fish!

  3. The Osprey is one of my favorites, too. But, alas, they have left here for more northern locations, perhaps to your area. But I know they’ll be back in a few months. 🙂

  4. I really enjoyed viewing your neighborhood osprey. The close-up photos of the osprey with fish in talons was great, plus what a stroke of luck to get FIVE osprey in one photo. Amazing.

    Apparently the boardwalk nearest our local osprey nesting platform was damaged by ice over the winter, so it isn’t open to the public. However there is a nature trail that lets once get close enough to take a peak with binoculars, so I am happy to report the nest is occupied and they seem to be doing well.

    • Thanks Deb! Great to hear your osprey are thriving too. Hopefully they’ll be able to repair the boardwalk for the locals to get a chance to get up closer to view the osprey family. 🙂

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