Bella and Beau 2018: An Introduction

(Osprey nest location:  Cambridge, Maryland, USA)

April 18, 2018

We are excited with our return to the Chesapeake Bay Eastern Shore Maryland region, planting some roots in downtown Cambridge, Maryland.  Settled in 1684 and located along the Choptank River, Cambridge is one of the oldest colonial cities in Maryland.  It is a charming seaport community that is in the midst of an exciting renaissance of revitalization and historic preservation.

From our third-floor height balcony, I oversee Cambridge Creek that leads out to the Choptank River.


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If you look closely at the above photo again, you might just see over the water to the far right what I also oversee….an Osprey nest on a pole over the docks…..

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I’d like you to meet Bella and Beau!

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Beau on the post, Bella in the nest

Osprey return to the Chesapeake Bay mid to late March.  So these two arrived about 2-3 weeks before us and have been working on building their nest.  It starts to show promise, then either the wind or just failure to stay drops the sticks to the water and dock below.  They appear to be a new and/or young couple, trying to figure it all out.

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Bella working on the nest while Beau keeps watch


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Bella brings a piece of plastic to the nest


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Beau taking a clump of grass and dirt to the nest


They enjoy flying together above their home…..

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even getting close enough to give little love taps…..

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building their bond as a team and hopefully soon-to-be parents this season.

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Stay tuned for posts on the antics and adventures of Bella and Beau!


(For all the posts on Bella & Beau’s 2018 season, you can click HERE.)



54 thoughts on “Bella and Beau 2018: An Introduction

  1. A great little love story building here Donna as they team up to hopefully materialise their love in bringing new life into the bay. Lovely shots Donna, and from a distance, well done! We are now kept in suspense as we await nesting. Have an interesting and enjoyable week!

  2. How nice that you’ll be in front row for illustrating your narrative with gorgeous pictures. They are a young and beautiful couple. Thanks Donna. 🙂

  3. What a wonderful ‘window on the world’ you have Donna! I’m looking forward to updates on Bella and Beau. Our Barney and Betty have returned, and I have witnessed them mating, so I’m hoping that like you I will have a family to follow all summer. Keep us posted – and welcome back to the Chesapeake!

  4. So very fortunate for you to have this picturesque water view, and a true treat to see the osprey nest building activity. A wonderful and hopeful post with excellent photos, too — thank you Donna. I especially love seeing them fly together with the sky background.

    • Thanks Jet! We are very fortunate to have found this place after all the looking. We have always loved the charm and quaintness of Maryland’s Eastern Shore old colonial towns. Having the Osprey nest so close to me is icing on the cake! 🙂

  5. Wow, how glorious to be watching that from your balcony. Its going to be exciting to see how the newlyweds progress in both home building, and adding a family to their nest.

    • Thanks Chris! I am quite excited to get this opportunity again to easily watch Osprey on a daily basis, and then be able to share. It’s what got me started on bird photography nine years ago! 🙂

    • Thanks Brian! On the Chesapeake Bay, the Osprey are quite tolerate of humans. Many nest on buoys and channel markers, where boats go right by without a problem, although the Osprey can get quite vocal about it. I wouldn’t get too close to a Momma though or I’d be worried she’d attack with those dagger talons! They are still fierce and very protective raptors! 🙂

  6. Didn’t realize you live in Cambridge. Is that a change? Thought you were on Kent Island. We have very dear friends who live in Cambridge. I think I know the place you were looking out from.

    • We did live at Kent Island, sold that back in 2016. We’ve always loved Dorchester County by car but never experienced much of the Choptank River by boat, so we’re ‘trying out’ this area for a year or so, see if it’s the place for a home purchase. Did you guess Deep Harbour?

      • I don’t remember the name of the condos, but we could see them from the free tie-ups at the city wall inside the turning basin just before going under the bridge.

    • Thanks Tammy, isn’t it neat?!! We’ve loved Cambridge & Dorchester County for a long time, did many day trips throughout over the years, always enjoying the laid-back, unspoiled serenity it offers. We are excited!

  7. Very nice captures and post of this Osprey couple. You’ll have lots of entertainment over the coming weeks and I look forward to your documentation of this family. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Oh, Donna! These are utterly amazing shots! Lucky you to be able to see it all from your balcony. And thanks ever so much for sharing your great captures as these marvelous birds do their thing.

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