Saturday, May 16, 2009

Osprey on the St Johns River, FL

We spent a few days on the boat. My next few posts will probably have some of the wildlife we saw.

On Lake Monroe, I took these pictures of an Osprey nest on one of the channel markers. 5.12.09 022 These markers are a favorite spot for the Ospreys, since they eat mainly fish, and there very few that don’t have a nest on them. They are a very large bird that can have a wing span of 6ft.

This nest had 2 youngsters in it.5.12.09 026c

The next nest was on the Manatee Zone marker.5.12.09 030 Look at the face on this little guy.5.12.09 030c

As we circled around for a closer look, Momma came zooming by, trying to distract us.5.12.09 023c

Farther up the river I spotted this one on the riverbank. I don’t know if he was fishing or getting ready for a bath.5.15.09 048c

When an Osprey catches a fish and flies with it, the fish is facing forward so it’s more aerodynamic and doesn’t slow the flight down.  I think the Osprey has outer toes that reverse and this allows it to hold it’s prey that way.

6 comments:

  1. Super photos. Osprey are such awsome birds! Ours are back on their nests here in Scotland too :o)

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  2. Such great shots of the Osprey's!! My favorite is the third one. Can't wait for the crane pictures!

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  3. What great pictures! It must've been really exciting to see their nest so close.

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  4. Great pictures. Do you know that a amateur ornithologist (?) for Jacksonville, Florida Sam Grames(?) was the first to notice that the Osprey flow with the fish facing forward. He was not believed until he get a picture of it.

    Sandy a Jacksonville native

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