Ospreys signify spring to me. The males often return from their wintering ground far to our south around the first of spring. The nest we watch from our home in Anchor Bay totally blew down in the winter storms. The male arrived and began working on building a new nest. The female arrived about two weeks later. She is now sitting on the nest, so perhaps there are eggs in there.
Allen Vinson trained his camera on an Osprey in flight. They have such powerful wings.
Ospreys, also called Sea Hawks, fish in our rivers and the ocean. It is a joy to live where Ospreys choose to nest.
Thanks to Allen for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Allen's nature photography, here is his website: http://allenvinson.smugmug.com/
It's always a happy sighting. Ospreys return to the Mendonoma Coast just in time for spring. Paul Brewer spotted this one on Easter Sunday.
That night Alan Reinke photographed the sunset from The Sea Ranch and wondered if the Pacific Ocean was on fire. Nope! Just another dramatic sunset.
Today we are having a mini heat wave, with very warm temps. Tomorrow the temperature is suppose to drop 20 degrees and the chance of rain comes back into the picture.
Thanks to Alan and Paul for allowing me to share their photos with you here. To see much more of Paul's nature photography, here is his website: http://www.capturingnatureswonders.com/
Peter Cracknell recently photographed an Osprey with its catch.
This year's chicks have fledged but sometimes return to the nest to rest. Two chicks were successfully raised in the nest we watch through our spotting scope.
Thanks to Peter for allowing me to share his photo with you here.
Peter Cracknell caught this Osprey resting on a branch. Ospreys have returned to the Mendonoma Coast to build or rebuild their nests, pair up and hopefully start a new family.
Ospreys build their nests on top of flat-top trees. The nests are quite substantial, as they must survive the winds that blow in from the northwest in springtime and from the southwest in stormy weather. Here is an Osprey nest photographed by Craig Tooley.
The Osprey nest that Rick and I can see through our spotting scope blew down in the December storms so the Osprey pair have been busy rebuilding it. The female is now sitting on the nest so perhaps there is an egg or two in there. I hope so!
Thanks to Peter and Craig for allowing me to share their photos with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is his website: www.ruffimage.com.
George Marshall caught this dramatic photo of an Osprey peering at him. You can see the yellow eyes, eyes that can see between three to five times better than humans.
Ospreys dive for fish but they can only go about three feet underwater. Their excellent eyesight allows them to see their prey in the water.
The Osprey nest that I can see through a spotting scope at our house in Anchor Bay looks to be successful. Yesterday I witnessed the male exchanging places with the female on the nest, allowing her to feed.
These birds have recovered from the effects of DDT, which weakened the eggshells so when the parent sat on them, they broke. Once on the endangered species list, they are now thriving.
To hear their calls, here is a link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Osprey/sounds
Thanks to George for allowing me to share his photo with you here.