Tag Archives: Osprey

~Poetry, For now a Rest~

with her mate, she sits in her tree

exhausted after a day of nest building

knowing soon their essential skill as hunters

will be required to provide food for their young

for now, a rest

vivid colors cast the perfect backdrop 

to showcase her strong resolve to survive

as the beauty of this day lingers

a few minutes more

Look close and you will see two
Look close and you will see two

survival, a simple quest or is it

survival, a simple quest or is it
Another hunter, enjoying the peace at the end of a day
Last performance
Last performance
(the other hunter slowly moves our way)
A Silver Ending
A Silver Ending

I truly enjoy photographing the setting sun and these magnificent birds from a pier on Lake Hammond in Lake Louisa State Park.

~A little privacy please!~

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they perform a beautiful dance

to preserve their species for all to see

they sit as sentinels high in the trees 

and hunt for food out of the sea

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I captured these photos while on our boat ride Saturday.

These are not sharp photos, but I show them to you so you can see a pair of Osprey doing what is necessary to preserve their species.  

"Thinking about it"
“Thinking about it”
"I'am coming to see you"
“I’am coming to see you”
In a hurry!
He appears to be in a hurry!
Like a beautiful dance!
A beautiful dance is performed!
Joy
Joy with success!
"I'll be back"
“I’ll be back”
She stayed in this position for several seconds. Why?
She appears grateful!
She stayed in this position for several seconds. Why?
"My job is complete"
“My job is complete”

 

This is a different Osprey pair from my previous post. This pair was further away and higher up.

Aren’t they beautiful?

~What’s for lunch?~

Osprey
Osprey

He listens as I snap photos

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This is how I saw him as we first approached; easing the boat ever closer.

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Watching us closely.

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Beautiful profile of this male Osprey.

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On Saturday, we took a boat ride in brother-in-laws boat, heading north toward the Port St Lucie Inlet from Hobe Sound, Florida. As we traversed among the Mangroves, growing along the intra-coastal waterway, I was lucky to capture numerous Osprey sitting like “kings of the sea” high in the tree tops.

The photo below is the mate to the one above as she sat on their nest. I sure hope she was not tangled in the green fishing net, which appears to be part of the nest.

I took her photo on our way up the channel and she was still sitting there, on our way back down the channel.   As we approached them a couple of hours later, her mate was enjoying his lunch and I wonder if he shared any with her.

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I have a few photos of another Osprey pair mating, which I will post tomorrow. The photos of this pair are not as clear as these, but are interesting because they depict the behavior of a mating pair.

AND, a few photos of Bob (BIL) and Howard, in the cold waters of the intra-coastal waterway, trying to float our boat back into deeper water.

We managed to travel out of the main channel and got stuck on a sand bar. It was quite the jolt, let me tell you!

Of course I snapped a few photos, of their struggle, while sitting dry from inside the boat. {Grins}

~Another~

Another Day, Another Walk

Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Jonathan Dickinson State Park

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~An old dead tree, shelter and food that endangered birds call home

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Old dead tree.
Old dead tree
This has to be the funnest photo of a bird I have ever taken.
This has to be the funnest photo of a bird I have ever taken.
Florida Scrub Jay
Florida Scrub Jay

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~A high lookout, for a winged sentinel, an advantage against its enemy

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~A River bank, protection for Herons hunting for prey

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~An underground burrow, shelter for a Gopher Tortoise

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Gopher Tortoise
Gopher Tortoise

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~A fallen leaf,  a moment in time to reminisce of days past

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Evidence of a past Fall
Evidence of a past Fall

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~Lush bushes, a hiding place for birds to feel safe

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A Peek-A-Boo Treat ~Palm Warbler~
A Peek-A-Boo Treat
~Palm Warbler~

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Another Adventure, Another Journey

Another Chance for Mother Nature to Fill my Heart

~Whispers, Follow Me~

soft morning sunlight

creating a path unknown

whispers follow me

Follow Me
Follow Me
Loxahatchee River
Loxahatchee River
Fishing
Fishing
Take Off
Take Off
In Flight
Follow Me
Takes A Dip
Takes A Dip
Sandhill Crane
“Follow Me”
"Race Ya"
“Okay, I’am following; where are we going?”
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Doing the Two-Step
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Beautiful Sandhill Crane

After many days of cloudy skies and heavy rains we finally have had a few days of sunshine. On an early morning walk, in Jonathan Dickinson State Park, we spotted these Sandhill Cranes and an Osprey fishing for its breakfast. The early morning light created a nice image on the Loxahatchee River.

I first spotted the Osprey standing at the edge of the river. I could not see if it had anything in its talons. I tried to get as close as I could without scaring it, but without a longer lens it was not close enough to capture a ¬†great photo. It watched me creeping closer and decided to take off. It flew across the river and twice dove down to the surface. ¬†I would love to know if it had food in its talons. Why was it driving down to skim the water’s surface? It did not appear as if it was diving for food, but instead dipping its talons in the water as if to keep something wet.

These two Sandhill Cranes were walking around in the grass, feeding. We spotted them just as we got out of the car, driving from our RV site to the Loxahatchee River in the back of the park. I needed to walk around them to have the sun behind me. They keep an eye on me as I walked around them and tried to get closer to take my shots. They really seemed to just ignore me, but I knew they were watching me! They are beautiful birds and I love watching them.

Hoping for continued sunshine!

Follow Your Dreams
Follow Your Dreams

Follow Your Dreams and Enjoy the Journey