Enraptured Raptors, an Osprey Pair
One of the first birds I spotted on a recent trip to Estero Beach near Ft. Meyers on Florida’s southwest coast was a female Osprey. Occupying a platform on the beach, she nibbled on a recently caught fish and called for her mate.
It was not long before he appeared, magnificent in flight, circling out over water in search of fish, and finally approaching the nest.
Apparently a share in the female’s breakfast was not on his mind for as he approached his intended crouched and he landed, ever so gently, on her back.
After mating, he shared her fish and once again took wing. As he flew away from the nest his toes worked furiously together, apparently cleaning his talons. Fascinated, I followed with my lens.
The female remained on the nest, ever alert for her mate’s return.
Perhaps the next time we visit there will be chicks on the nest for us to see. I hope so.
Wow, wonderful captures. There must be something in the air in Florida this month. I witnessed a lot of mating behavior at Disney’s Animal Kingdom when I was there a couple of weeks ago.
Wow, those talons look pretty sharp…guess they need to be to catch fish! Beautiful pictures.
These are wonderful Morningjoy! 🙂
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with joy.
What a beautiful bird, and great shots.
Thank you Lynn, Kanniduba, and Camilla. Photographing these birds is pure enjoyment. I see them as amazing creatures–skilled, powerful, and beautiful.