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Ospreys use several different vocalizations to communicate with one another. Up to five different calls have been recognized by researchers. These calls are nearly always associated with a visual display, such as a characteristic flight or posture. Vocalizations are used for begging, alarm, courtship, and nest defense. One notable display is the “sky-dance,” which is an elaborate aerial display performed by males during courtship and early incubation. During this display, a male carrying a fish or nest material gives a screaming call while simultaneously performing short undulating flights separated by periods of hovering. Alarm calls are often given when a potential predator or disturbance such as a boat or human approaches the nest. These calls are usually accompanied by erect posturing and diving flight.

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australian, predator, estuary, raptor, osprey, bird of prey, byron bay, pandion haliaetus, fishing hawk

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

    Fantastic image once more! Have you ever thought of writing a book about all these beauties?

  • Thanks Trish. Hmmm yes I would love to but I don’t have any money to do it. I am getting some cards made so I’ll see where it goes from there.

    – byronbackyard

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 4 years ago

    lovely image

  • Many thanks, she’s a beautiful bird!

    – byronbackyard

  • Tyhe  Reading
    Tyhe Readingabout 4 years ago

    great capture

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Lindamell
    Lindamellabout 4 years ago

    wow fantastic capture …such a treat to see :))

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    May 24, 2010

  • Thanks so much, very happy making, especially since it’s Harriet being featured! Thanks so much for all your hard work and appreciation!

    – byronbackyard

  • HelenBeresford
    HelenBeresfordabout 4 years ago

    Stunning! A well-timed shot, love the perspective and processing :)

  • Thanks so much for your kind comment … many hours of watching I can tell you!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    You are so very welcome Byron

  • SwanSong
    SwanSongabout 4 years ago

    very very nice !

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 2 years ago

    Such a gorgeous nature image. Truly beautiful.

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

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