I have been away from my blog for several months. We have had an unseasonably long and cold winter and I haven’t spent much time outside with my feathered friends. Now that spring has arrived, I’m back to getting outdoors and enjoying nature and wildlife.
Spring has sprung, and that means one thing for our feathered friends: love is in the air! And no bird embodies the spirit of love more than the osprey.
For those of you who don’t know, the osprey is a majestic bird of prey that loves nothing more than soaring through the skies and catching fish. But during the spring, the osprey’s mind turns to more important matters: finding a mate and starting a family.
First things first, though: the osprey has to migrate to its breeding grounds. And let me tell you, these birds are serious about their travel plans. They’ll fly thousands of miles to get to their preferred nesting spot, and woe betide anyone who gets in their way!
But once they arrive, it’s time to get down to business. And by “business,” I mean some serious mating rituals. The male osprey will start by bringing sticks and other materials to the female, in an attempt to impress her with his nest-building skills. But let’s be real: if you want to impress a lady, maybe try bringing her some flowers or chocolates next time.
If the female is impressed, she’ll mate with the male and they’ll start building their nest together. But don’t get too excited, because this is where things start to get really funny. You see, ospreys are notorious for their terrible aim when it comes to nest-building. They’ll drop sticks all over the place, miss the nest entirely, and generally make a big mess of things. Don’t be surprised if you find a coat hanger hanging from the nest.
But hey, at least they’re trying, right? And once the nest is built, the female will lay her eggs and the couple will take turns incubating them until they hatch. And then the real fun begins, as the chicks demand to be fed constantly and the parents scramble to catch enough fish to keep up with their appetites.
So there you have it, folks: the migration and mating of the osprey. If you’re lucky enough to spot one of these majestic birds this spring, just remember that behind that fierce exterior lies a beautiful and lovable creature, trying its best to find love and start a family.
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Great shots. Welcome back.
Nice shooting, and it looked like it was having trouble letting go of that fish (them talons are curved, sharp, and not retractable).