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Osprey flyby

This male Osprey was circling the nest of another pair of Osprey in Longmont, Colorado.  I tend to think he had thoughts of moving in on the home and perhaps the female that was there as well. The other male however would have no part of it and soon chased this interloper off.

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.

If you want to see more of these cool birds, you can find some of my pics of them here. Also, below the main image is the complete gallery of images from this day.

A male Osprey flies over a nest in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Osprey flies over a nest in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Osprey in flight with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop

This female Osprey was returning to her nest in Longmont, Colorado with some nesting material recently. She was kind enough to approach at such an angle that I was able to capture her in flight with the snow-capped mountains behind her.

I do wish she was carrying a stick or nothing at all rather than some trash but beggars can’t be choosers. 😉

An Osprey returns to its nest in Longmont, Colorado with the snow-capped Rocky Mountains in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

An Osprey returns to its nest in Longmont, Colorado with the snow-capped Rocky Mountains in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

Osprey landing silhouette

This is one of those times when a mistake actually turned out to make a pretty good picture IMHO.

I was taking pictures of Osprey in flight when one circled around to land – but on a pole that required me to face into the sun to see.  I knew the overwhelming brightness of the sun would cause the Osprey to be underexposed but thought maybe I could salvage it by bringing up the shadows in post-processing.

Instead, I didn’t hardly touch it and in fact darkened it a bit.  The end result is a pretty cool picture of an Osprey as it flares up right before touching down.  What do you think?

A backlit Osprey comes in for a landing in Longmont, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A backlit Osprey comes in for a landing in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Osprey mating sequence

Spring is in the air! Osprey returned to #Colorado over the past couple of weeks after a winter vacation in Mexico and South America. They quickly began working on their nests and of course enjoying some ‘recreation.’ With any luck this pair will have been successful and some little ones will follow next month.

Scroll down for the complete gallery.

Osprey prepare to mate in Longmont, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Osprey prepare to mate in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Osprey brings home nesting material

Osprey brings home nesting material.  I am so excited to see these awesome birds return for the season.  At this particular nest up in Longmont, Colorado, they were busy setting up their home.

These birds have proven to be very adaptable to the presence of humans – as you can see by these pictures.  The Osprey never gave us a second look and ignored the golfers that were playing through not 10 yards away.

Scroll down to view another sequence of images of the Osprey hard at work on their home.

An Osprey returns to its nest in Longmont, Colorado with material for building.   (© Tony’s Takes)

An Osprey returns to its nest in Longmont, Colorado with material for building. (© Tony’s Takes)

Osprey return to the Colorado Front Range

Was expecting to see these guys start arriving any day now and sure enough, found one this morning at Barr Lake State Park.  Not a great spot to watch them as the nest poles are a good ways away from the trail.  As a result this pic isn’t that great – I’ll have to start checking some of the better locations around.

You’ll notice the pole as this site is leaning severely.  I guess the state couldn’t get the equipment needed to fix it and, oddly enough, the nest didn’t successfully fledge any little ones until last season when it became crooked.  Go figure.  😉

An Osprey sits on a nest at Barr Lake State Park, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

An Osprey sits on a nest at Barr Lake State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Female Osprey Flyby: ‘What Are You Doing Down There’?

Female ?osprey? gives a picture perfect flyby near Lake Granby, ??Colorado?. This gorgeous bird was enjoying its breakfast on the top of a pole when we came along. It calmly finished its meal and then obliged us with a great flyby complemented by the deep blue, high-altitude Colorado skies.

With temperatures dropping and snow having fallen nearby this past week, the osprey will soon begin their migration to their winter grounds along the coasts of Mexico and in South America.

Female osprey gives a picture perfect flyby. (© Tony’s Takes)

Female osprey gives a picture perfect flyby. (© Tony’s Takes)

Female osprey flyover

Taken this morning in Longmont, Colorado.  This female osprey was hanging out on a light pole near her nest.  After posing for many pictures of her just standing, she obliged with a picture-perfect flyover.  

The osprey in the Centennial State will soon be starting their winter migration to Mexico and South America after summering in the northern, cooler climes of North America.  

Using GPS tracking, scientists have estimated that an osprey may migrate 160,000 miles over its 15 to 20 year lifespan. 

A female osprey performs a picture-perfect flyover in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female osprey performs a picture-perfect flyover in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Osprey 284 come right to heading 090 and prepare for landing

This male osprey and its mate were at a nesting platform just south of Grand Teton National Park on July 18, 2014. Both gave me one heck of an airshow as they flew around, taking off and landing from the nest multiple times. While the pair had clearly made their home, I did not witness any little ones so they may not have had a successful mating season.

How can you tell the difference between a male and female osprey? Females usually have a ‘necklace’ across their white breast while males have none.  The main image here shows a female.

Scroll down for more pics of these osprey and others in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

A male osprey comes in for a landing near Grand Teton National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male osprey comes in for a landing near Grand Teton National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Osprey in flight with the Tetons in the background

Pics of osprey were some of the better images to come from the trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, probably because they seemed to be quite prevalent so I had tons of opportunity (versus a single black bear and a single grizzly).  This male was from a nesting pair at the south end of Grand Teton NP and he and his mate gave me quite a show.

Scroll down for more pics of these osprey and others in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

A male osprey flies by with the Teton Mountains in the background. © Tony’s Takes

A male osprey flies by with the Teton Mountains in the background. © Tony’s Takes