Ospreys Bringing Sticks to Their Nest

Osprey often keep bringing sticks to their nests even after they are built and there are young chicks in the nest. I do not know if it is for repairs or just what they do. It is fun to see them swoop them up from the water by the shore.

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Osprey Nests on Osprey Platforms

Along the Wildlife Drive are many Osprey Platforms. Most of them have active nests on them. There seems to be more platforms this year than last year. If you are patient you can usually get some interesting images of the birds interacting with the chicks or flight shots as they fly around the nest and eventually fly into the nest.

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Another Osprey nest

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Osprey Lookout

Usually around the Osprey Platforms is a post for the Ospreys to roost and keep an eye on their nests on the platforms. Many times you will see them eating a fish there or just hanging out keeping an eye on what is going on.

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Osprey Family

A family of Ospreys on one of the Osprey Platforms at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, NJ. The front one is eating a fish.

Osprey Coming In

Osprey Nest on Osprey Platform Panorama

We went to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, NJ to see what we could find. In the Summer there are lots of shore birds, Herons, Egrets, Ibises, Gulls, Terns, Ospreys, an occasional Bald Eagle, etc.  It is also great for dragonflies and small birds. Along the Wildlife Drive there are many Osprey Platforms which are a good spot to wait for Ospreys to fly in with a fish for the younger Ospreys & other interactions with the younger birds. I liked the symmetry of the two adult Ospreys on the arms but did not want to use a wider lens to get them both in because I wanted to retain the detail. So I shot a series of 2 shot sequences with a 400mm with a 1.4X teleconverter for a panorama showing the whole platform. I liked these 2 the best out of my series.

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Lowest Osprey Nest I Ever Saw

We found this Osprey Nest along the Wildlife Drive, along the shoreline by the water. It probably was only about 4 feet of the ground in a small tree. I have never seen an Osprey nest this low to the ground before.

 

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One Fish Two Birds

I was watching this female Osprey with a fish she had just caught. She was eating the meal on the ground when a Gull also got interested in her meal and decided that was a meal he wanted also. The Osprey took off, flying back towards her nest along the Wildlife Drive.  The Gull kept trying to get a piece of the meal along the way and did not give up until she got near her nest.

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Ospreys At Brigantine

We went to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division, in Oceanville, NJ this morning to see the sunrise and what wildlife was starting to return to the Refuge after the long Winter. There were lots of Great Egrets & Ospreys around the refuge. Here are a few photos of a female Osprey that had a close flyby. This is one of the first years we saw nests on all the Osprey platforms plus some even in small trees along the drive. This is the most Ospreys I have ever seen at Brigantine.  

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Osprey Fly-By

This Osprey was working the lake for a meal for quite a while. Never caught anything, but kept on trying. Eventually  flew to a tree and stayed there. It gave me an opportunity to practice shooting quite a few flight photos after a long winter.

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