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Osprey stays focused on flight

This was one busy guy. He was doing everything he could to keep his lady happy from some morning ‘recreation’ to heading out and fetching building material for their home. Here he is right after launch as he went off to grab a stick from alongside the nearby pond.

When I last checked on them Sunday she was not yet sitting in the nest but it shouldn’t be too much longer. From there, it will 34 to 40 days before the little ones hatch.

A male Osprey stays focused as it takes flight in northern Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Osprey stays focused as it takes flight in northern Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Get a room!

Get a room! Well, I am glad they didn’t.

I checked out a new Osprey nest stand near Longmont, Colorado and it looks to be a winner. Great visibility, light in the right direction and best of all, two willing photo subjects. This pair treated me to tons of pictures including a few series of wild life action as they worked to begin a new generation. 😉

Osprey are spring and summer residents of the Centennial State and spend their winters in the warmer environs of the coasts of Mexico and South America.  These raptors are actually a type of a hawk.

Making them a bit unique is that they almost exclusively live near water and dine on fish. Aiding them in their ability to catch fish is an unusual reversible outer toe that allows them to get a better grasp from behind in addition to the front. Thankfully he seemed to keep those talons pulled in for this bit of fun.

Copulating Osprey near Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Copulating Osprey near Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Somehow I don’t think she was happy to see me

Those eyes! To me, adult Osprey have just amazing eyes and when they focus on you, they are piercing. This female was guarding her nest in a man-made stand and did not seem too pleased to have her picture taken.?

A female Osprey seems a bit put off by the camera being pointed at her. Taken in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Osprey seems a bit put off by the camera being pointed at her. Taken in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Female Osprey brings home some trashy nesting material

They say one person’s trash is another’s treasure so I reckon it applies to birds and their nesting material as well. This beautiful Osprey had picked up some discarded paper and was returning it to her nest in Longmont, Colorado.

This image was taken back in April 2015 just as these raptors had returned to the state for the summer. Osprey spend their winters along Mexico’s coast and in South America. Summers see them migrate to the northwestern United States and much of Canada.

Here in Colorado we have seen a welcome increase in their summertime presence. This has been helped by the many manmade nesting sites that have been established for them along the Colorado Front Range and in the mountain areas. I am anxiously awaiting their seasonal return!

A female Osprey returns to her nest with some material to add to her home.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Osprey returns to her nest with some material to add to her home. (© Tony’s Takes)

Osprey takes to the skies

This capture was taken back in June but somehow I failed to share it at the time. We have been going to this spot on Colorado’s Great Plains multiple times each summer for the past 15+ years and I had never seen an Osprey there. Well, much to my surprise and pleasure this handsome fellow decided to break that streak. We spent a few days watching and photographing it as it took advantage of the ample fishing opportunities and the pleasant late spring weather.

An Osprey launches into the air from a tree on the Great Plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

An Osprey launches into the air from a tree on the Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Young Osprey in head on flight

From a morning last month spent with this very cool juvenile. Its parents set up their home in a state park in northern Colorado and not long after they had this new addition. Usually the juveniles are pretty tolerant of people but this particular one never seemed to care for us two legged mammals.

Most Osprey have left Colorado for the season and are heading to the warmer environs of the coasts of Mexico and South America. These raptors are actually a type of a hawk. Making them a bit unique is that they almost exclusively live near water and dine on fish. Aiding them in their ability to catch fish is an unusual reversible outer toe that allows them to get a better grasp from behind in addition to the front.

A juvenile Osprey flies head on.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Osprey flies head on. (© Tony’s Takes)

My fish!

This pretty lady didn’t seem to appreciate having her picture taken while eating. Over the summer I have intermittently spotted a pair of Osprey at a nearby pond. It is a prime location perfect for them with multiple ponds but in the past, I have never seen any there.

I would like to think that perhaps this summer they have setup a home somewhere nearby. With any luck, after they spend the winter in warmer environs, they will return and I will see them again. This particular image was taken three weeks ago when I happened to see her on my way home from work.

A female Osprey keeps close watch as she holds a fish in her talons. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Osprey keeps close watch as she holds a fish in her talons. (© Tony’s Takes)

Male Osprey makes surprise approach on his mate

From a week or so ago. I thought my photo day had ended and was on my way home when I saw a large bird land in a tree by some irrigation ponds not far from where I live. Naturally I had to check it out and was pleased to find a pair of Osprey.

The female was enjoying a meal of freshly caught fish while the male looked on from an adjacent tree. Seeing his bride eating without him must have been too much to bear as soon he took flight and flew right up behind her, clearly intent on either snagging the fish or landing beside and trying to get it. At the last minute he rather wisely chose to change his plans and go catch his own meal.

This image shows him at the last minute as he pulled up and headed off. I’ve seen this pair a few times in the area since this spring and suspect they have a nest somewhere nearby. It won’t be long though and they will leave Colorado and head for warmer environs to the south for winter.

A male Osprey makes a surprise approach on his mate in Thornton, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Osprey makes a surprise approach on his mate in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

“Maybe you should point that thing somewhere else!”

This male Osprey did not seem to appreciate having its portrait taken. Not sure why. 😉

I came across him resting on a light pole over the holiday weekend and while he looks displeased, he was actually quite comfortable with my presence. In fact, he was so comfortable with me he simply sat. And sat. And sat. After a half hour I gave up hoping for a launch shot and left him to sit. And sit. And sit.

A male Osprey stares very intently into the camera. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Osprey stares very intently into the camera. (© Tony’s Takes)

Osprey shakes it off

Not a lot of variety in my photo subjects yesterday unfortunately. I captured pics of an adult Osprey and a juvenile at different locations. The adult was stubbornly perched on a light pole and while I waited a long time, refused to move.

Here you see it giving itself a good shake, the most action it displayed during the time I watched it. Certainly do not care for the light pole perch but it is still kind of a fun pic.

Have a great Labor Day!

A male Osprey shakes itself and spreads its wings in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Osprey shakes itself and spreads its wings in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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