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  • Tue, 14 May 2019 16:47:00 +0000

    part of life

    They lost the eggs. I believe that they were flooded, but I don't know for sure. 
    My heart is as heavy as the nest must have been, saturated to overflowing with sadness.
    What would have happened; 
    IF I had created drainage in the platform instead of just using a plywood base
    IF it hadn't rained for days on end with no sun to dry the nest out
    IF the temperatures hadn't been so cold
    IF our young couple had been a bit more experienced.
    But the ifs aren't going to bring back the eggs from this family.
    But my hopes for them are strong, I know they are learning how to live, 
    Like the rest of us, making mistakes along the way and living with the choices we've made. 
    For now the nest remains empty.
    The parents are in the area, flying in the trees, and landing on Brad's boat. 
    And on heartbreaking occasions landing on the edge of the nest for a few moments.



  • Thu, 09 May 2019 17:48:00 +0000

    in my dreams

    I have been dreaming of making this beautiful springtime image again this year.
     But no, it's not meant to be.
     If I were to attempt this now I would have steel grey behind these soggy blossoms. 

  • Wed, 08 May 2019 14:07:00 +0000

    let it shine

    Like this female osprey, I too want to feel the warmth of the sun to dry off the dampness that has permeated this spring.


    I too want to head into the goldenness of a new day,


    and land happily in my own nest.

  • Sat, 04 May 2019 14:57:00 +0000

    lilacs

    Hard to spend time in the garden when it's mostly raining or dreary everyday.


    But it felt good to take in the lilac smells on this overcast and misty day.

  • Fri, 03 May 2019 14:02:00 +0000

    anticipation

    Dad is on the right, and mom is on the left. They are both fussing in the nest.



    The wind is picking up so mom is having a bad hair day.


    Dad hasn't even noticed as he is too busy preparing the nest for the eggs
     that I think should be coming soon. They have both been spending much more time on the nest than ever before. Mom sat for hours and then dad flew in and took over. Just when I thought there might be eggs they both proved me wrong by leaving the nest alone for way too long a time. 



  • Wed, 01 May 2019 12:46:00 +0000

    911

    No need to call the authorities, this is not a family dispute!
    Earlier today dad, on the right, appeared on the nest a bloody mess down the front of him.
     I panicked, how did this happen?
     Did he have a territorial dispute with the neighbors, was someone picking on him??
    Well actually no, he had just killed a really bloody fish and made a mess of himself. 
    In this image he is almost all cleaned up.


    The next drama is watching the two of them have a tizzy fit because the neighboring osprey flew too close to their nest and they're giving him what for.


    giving the eagle eye, opps I mean giving the osprey eye...

  • Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:29:00 +0000

    time for sex


    She has been waiting for him to arrive.


    He is almost there.


    Sideways landing but hey who's perfect.


    Now they've got it!
    Entire sequence 4 seconds.
    I kid you not, my camera settings prove it.

  • Sun, 28 Apr 2019 18:25:00 +0000

    In awe

    She is bringing in soft nesting material to line their growing nest.
     He is there to receive it and because he is the prime stick bringer he seems quite blown away by his beautiful feathered female.


  • Sat, 27 Apr 2019 17:30:00 +0000

    wash of red

    I can't deny that the Ospreys have become an obsession.
    But how can I ever forget the beautiful songbirds that visit my garden everyday.




    This male cardinal was flying about with his female companion always nearby. He fed her a sunflower seed on the garden wall but my camera was focused on you know who. Hard to know where to be to capture the activities of this fabulous month. Couples are everywhere!

  • Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:31:00 +0000

    Introductions

    We arranged to have an osprey platform built on the top of this tree 2 years ago. 
    We had no luck and I almost decided to remove it.
    It is right off of our side porch and quite an eyesore.
    But when we returned back to Oyster Bay look who we found!


    This young couple have built a brand new nest out of twigs and seaweed.


    This is mom.


    And this is dad flying in.
    I just wanted to introduce all of you to them. 
    Hopefully the next few months will be full of wonderful stories.

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