We May Have A Resident Osprey Pair!

Geez, life can really get in the way when your trying to blog regularly!  Sometimes, it was because of good times.  🙂  But I also happen to fall victim to the deadly computer crash.  I was fortunate to be back up and running this past week, thanks with hugs & kisses to my son.  I miraculously didn’t lose a thing but was definitely frantic at the time because it had been five weeks since my last backup….

Note to all – backup as often as possible…..and more!!

Now onto the Osprey.  Can it be??  Lo and behold, it appears we have a pair of Osprey trying to take residence and keep possession of our nest platform.  🙂

With the storms that had barreled through our area weeks ago, I’ve wondered if this pair was totally displaced from a previous home.  For several weeks the pair aggressively brought nesting materials to the platform, only to fall victim to the male Osprey resident on Kent Narrows southend Channel Marker who stole the materials just as fast as he could to take to his plush nest and family.

Here’s the largest start of a nest that I got to photograph.

Oyster Cove Osprey Nest Platform

Oyster Cove Osprey Nest Platform

The sticks and nesting materials come and go regularly as if it’s a stop and shop Home Depot.

The female of the Osprey pair seems to be the primary protector of their new ‘home’, perching on it much more than the male.   I’ve seen the male more times either bring a stick or a fish to eat at the nest, and then leave when finished.  Sometimes he shares his catch with his lady, sometimes he’s a meanie a and mantles over it so she can’t have any.  In turn, she gives him an earful.  Hopefully his manners and maturity improves for his bonding sake!

Here’s a series of recent photos from my balcony.

The female Osprey enjoying a meal.

The male Osprey enjoying a meal while protecting the platform.

The male Osprey taking a stick to the platform.

The male Osprey taking a stick to the platform.

The male Osprey arriving with a fish.

The male Osprey arriving with a daybreak breakfast.

He didn't share this one, shame on him!

He didn’t share this one, shame on him!

Here’s some flight captures as our new pair and others do a fly-by my balcony.

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Trying to capture the Osprey defending the nest wasn’t my thing lately, but I did get one nice one.  Our new female Osprey was protecting the platform, screaming at an intruding male (not her partner) circling overhead.  The intruder descended quickly down at her to attack; as she rose up in defense, I captured this next photo.

Our new female Osprey defending the platform against an intruding area Osprey.

Our new female Osprey rising to defend the platform against an intruding area male Osprey.

The intruder quickly retreated with our female in hot-pursuit.  She’s one tough Osprey!  Hopefully nature works out and the Osprey pair are able to keep possession of the platform with not so much hassle this season and return next year to start a family.  Our platform is due for a new family!

A quick side-note, I apologize for being AWOL from the many blogs I follow, I have really missed them/you.  My email blog folder is slam full of new posts, I’ll try to catch up with random readings of each blog as I can.  Please forgive on skipping around and maybe not leaving comments until I get caught up!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I really appreciate you!

15 thoughts on “We May Have A Resident Osprey Pair!

  1. i am sure that the quality of your photos have improved. Enjoyed the post.Yes, computer crashes are a pain, I am backing up onto memory sticks at least until I can afford a new computer.

  2. Osprey season over here in the U.K seems to be getting off to a better and more productive start this year than recent years (I guess the birds are that much more mature). Was lucky to see a chick just after it broke out of its egg on a Scottish nest (CCTV of course). Lets hope its a good season on both sides of the Big Pond!

  3. Wow.. Excellent post Donna and I am sorry to hear about the PC failure! It’s good to see that you are back and I am looking forward to your posts. I will be heading out to the Eastern Shore in the next two weeks and I am looking forward to my daily trips to Assateague. Going to practice my bird photoraphy lol. My current portfolio consist of just one shot :-),

  4. Oh Donna, can it be? You have waited patiently for a new couple. Hoping this is THE one, for all our enjoyment! Sorry your computer crashed. And, yes, sons are indeed a breed above and beyond! The osprey in flight photos are just wonderful. Thanks for posting! hugs

  5. The whole point of having children is so that they can look after your computers. I am glad that you found a moment to take these pictures because they are wonderfully entertaining to look at.

  6. Nice captures, Donna! Hopefully they can get the nest built quickly and get to business. Would be neat to have another bunch of nestlings to follow.

  7. wow so beautiful! my biggest challenge is to get a good shot of moving objects, seems like you mastered it very well 🙂

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