Springtime is fast approaching and we are beginning to see a return of some of the seasonal visitors here in Colorado. I would expect within the next couple of weeks I will see my first osprey of the season as they arrive from their winter homes along the Gulf Coast and South America.
These guys are probably my favorite summertime raptor. They are very large, absolutely gorgeous and, best of all, usually quite willing to pose for pictures and put on a nice show.
This particular male was one of a mated pair in northern Colorado that successfully fledged two young ones last year. Here he is seen launching right at me toward the end of April when mom was sitting dutifully on the nest.