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Osprey on alert as Turkey Vultures fly over

Watching the behavior of animals is always fascinating and yesterday I saw some interesting stuff. My son and I were observing an Osprey nest and taking pictures of them when some large birds appeared in the sky and began circling.

The male Osprey became alerted to the presence of these interlopers and began circling his mate and their nest (presumably with some hatchlings). It was obvious he did not like the fact these other birds were nearby, even though they never really came close.

The other birds were Turkey Vultures, some of which we tracked down later and got pictures of (see my post from earlier today). Given that they normally feed on carrion, they didn’t really present a threat to the Osprey nest but the parental protective instinct of the Osprey was on full display.

Here you see the male Osprey on one of its rounds as the vultures pass behind.

A male Osprey circles its nest to ward off intruding Turkey Vultures. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Osprey circles its nest to ward off intruding Turkey Vultures. (© Tony’s Takes)

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