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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.

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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

Osprey, great blue heron and geese

My usual Saturday morning photo shoot took me back to Longmont, Colorado to check out the osprey again.  As before, they were very compliant and provided some great shots – including many of them enjoying a sushi breakfast.

Making a guest appearance was a family of Canada geese and their newly hatched goslings as well as a great blue heron.

As you view the photos below, you will see the last nine photos are a sequence where one of the osprey has twine on its talons.  It was very interesting to watch.  I was focusing on one sitting on a pole when its mate came flying over.

It had some twine stuck to its claw and seemed pretty upset about it. It took back off and started dragging its claws in the water and then even did a belly skid in an attempt to get it off. It is pretty interesting to see. Glad it worked out.

Please disregard the poor quality of that series of images – it all happened so fast I didn’t have a chance to adjust the exposure on the fly.

An osprey makes a close fly by. (© Tony’s Takes)

An osprey makes a close fly by. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

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Osprey return to Colorado

Springtime brings a return of many birds to Colorado that leave during the winter including the osprey.  These relatively large birds come to the Front Range for breeding during the spring.  Many locations have built osprey nesting poles to help them find a home.

Today I went to the Boulder County Fairgrounds to look at a pair that is quite famous – they even have their own live webcam.  The nest unfortunately is a bit too far away to get decent pictures of with my modest equipment.

However they were kind enough to come a bit closer and allow me to get some nice shots.  One roosted on a pole only about 30 feet away and groomed himself while I snapped away.  It then took to nest building and I managed some images of it returning with material.

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A male osprey takes flight in Boulder County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male osprey takes flight in Boulder County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)