Osprey are cool raptors! Today’s blog will hopefully get you acquainted with this wonderful bird.
Their diet is unique among other birds especially birds of prey in that they survive mostly on fish. And like Bald Eagles they dive into the water and catch them. Since the 1950’s they have rebounded from the pesticide DDT which thinned their eggshells and prevented them from hatching. Bald Eagles also experienced this which is why they were placed on the endangered species list for such a long time.
The osprey’s beautiful, glowing yellow eyes are a favorite of mine to photograph. It shows so much intelligence. Unlike Eagles, their breasts are white, and they have a distinct black strip through the eye. You can see this in my photos. The speckled necklace at their neck separates the female from the male(“Balancing Act” is a male.”Nest Building” is female) The male does not have that.
Osprey breed in the north and migrate to the south. Both parents lay on the nest. Their lifespan is 30 years; they have a wingspan of 3-6 feet and weigh 3-4.5 lbs.
I share these facts because I love photographing these wonderful birds, and no matter where you live, you can see these creatures. You can assist in their nest building by creating platforms on channel markers(as shown in my photos), telephone poles or other poles even in your own yard. If you live on or near water with abundant fish, they will
come. They live on every continent except Antarctica.
Over the years I have taken many photos of these raptors. Recently I spent a morning watching them prepare their nests. These photos are from that outing. I wanted to show you this part of their lives.
Click on this link as well as the one above labeled “facts” above to get more information on Osprey.
Both in Florida where my parents live and Maryland where I live, I get to see the Osprey. I never have to travel far. And for that I am fortunate.
Enjoy my photos of these birds today and let me know if there are Osprey in your neighborhood!