My semi-regular hiking trail, runs along a large pond, and the osprey are just across the pond. I knew it was far away but a quick measure on Google maps told me it was further away than I realized. Almost 700 feet! It's no wonder my admittedly powerful zoom has trouble capturing anything crisp.
There is another access point for a trail that will take a hiker just a few feed away from the power line that hosts the nest, but let me tell you, that female is not amused if you walk by! Something about her expressive face reminds me of a cartoon!
I only visit the trail close to the nest a few times during the season, as that other side of the pond seems to have tons more ticks than that of my regular hiking trail. But no matter what side of the pond I am on, I can count on tons of interesting observations when I have this nest in view.
This time of year they are busy sprucing up their nest.
The past two years, they have had successful mating season and it has been fun to see the chicks' head pop up and the parents tend to them (albeit far away - I mindfully avoid getting close to the nest if the female is sitting on eggs or the babies are very young!)
As its nickname suggests, osprey eat a lot of fish! About 60-70% of the time I walk by the pond, or their nest, I see one of them with a fish, either resting on a branch with a fish, or flying in with a fish!
If you have read this far, thanks for sticking with this photo-intensive post! These birds are great subjects!
I hope you will join me tomorrow for the letter "P" (which may also end up brining a lot of photos!)
For today's challenge earrings, I bring you a version of my friend Kristen's design "Pop Up Pearls". Over the years I have made many of these in different colors and finishes, and the result is aways pleasing. As a reminder, there will be a drawing for a giveaway of seven pairs of earrings at the conclusion of the A-Z challenge, to enter, just comment on any post this month!