Osprey Gallery

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The Chesapeake Bay Osprey have returned!  Local feeds are abuzz and I’m feeling the excitement.  In my travels since returning home, I’ve seen quite a few in flight.  I’m anxious to check out some local nests, hopefully soon!

Many Osprey in Florida are year-round residents.

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Florida Osprey with fish meal

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While we were in Everglades City the last couple months, I photographed the local Osprey already in high gear with incubating and having chicks by February.  Here’s a gallery of some favorites of them and their different nests.

The first set of photos are of a pair who created a nest atop a utility transfer station.  😟

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Mr & Mrs Osprey starting a new nesting season together

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Osprey nest is established one month later
Mama is incubating eggs while Dad is eating a fish and on guard duty

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Male Osprey on guard duty

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Male Osprey on guard duty while finishing a fish

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Male Osprey departing nest

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More eating and guarding the nest

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That nest really seemed to be in a dangerous place.  Seems Osprey are daredevils with their nest location selections.

Here are more nests around town…..

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Osprey Family

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Osprey nest along Barron River’s riverwalk

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Same Osprey nest on Barron River a month later

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Osprey Nest on satellite dish, dwarfed by Mexican Fan Palms that grow up to 100 feet

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A Waiting Osprey Home – “First Come, First Serve”

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Male Osprey fluffing and shaking to dry its feathers

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Handsome Osprey – “Almost Dry”

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And now all of this is repeating on the Chesapeake Bay…….minus the palm trees!

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37 thoughts on “Osprey Gallery

  1. Great pictures, and what imaginative nest sites! Most osprey around the Chesapeake pick navigational markers or ready-made platforms, but anywhere the nests take hold apparently works. Our “Betty and Barney” have returned to our cove and I have witnessed them mating, so hopefully this year, unlike last year, they will have some chicks.

    • The Osprey have made a major comeback in in the U.S.,, and they love our Chesapeake bay area for all the great fishing! It’s amazing to see these now arriving that just flew anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 miles from their winter grounds. Whew!

  2. The one at the first with the two of them holding the same pose is priceless! I couldn’t help but compare the nest for size. Some are quite massive. Love the one on the palm where the image is in colour, as well as silhouetted in black and white..

    • Thank you, Jane, I love that pair posing shot too. 🙂 The really massive nests are layers of more than one year’s season. The nest on the palm berry branches was a risky location. The berries and branches are green but I wondered how long before the berries ripened and they began to deteriorate and the weight of the nest baring down on them. Hopefully, any chicks will have fledged!!

  3. Seems like you’re surrounded by Ospreys this time! Can you handle it? I know that you will never forget all your past Osprey family. These new groups look very strong and healthy, I wonder if they are kin to your old friends. Good birding, Donna. 🙂

    • Thank you, HJ! It’s big news with all of the Osprey sightings around the Chesapeake Bay, very exciting! The photos I shared in this post were taken in Florida in past couple months. Those nests probably have fledglings almost ready, yay!

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