Courtship in ospreys centers on food and nest sites. In migratory osprey populations, males and females arrive at the nest site separately, the male often arriving several days earlier than the female. Male ospreys sometimes perform a conspicuous aerial display near the nest site. This display usually occurs during early courtship, and may serve to attract potential mates or to threaten an intruder. Both sexes collect materials for the nest, but the female does most of the arranging of materials at the nest.
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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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  • Judy Seltenright
    Judy Seltenrightabout 4 years ago

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago


  • Thanks Trish!

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  • Digidi
    Digidiabout 4 years ago

    congratulations on your feature its well deserved, i just love the colours in this image

  • Thanks so much for your kind words Di!

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  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic Byron, Congrats on your feature!

  • Many thanks Deborah!

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  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 4 years ago

    Incredibly gorgeous!! . . .

  • Thanks Hugh!

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  • helmutk
    helmutkabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work !

  • Thanks so much!

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  • David Friederich
    David Friederichabout 4 years ago

    This is just so good, almost surreal. Very powerful.

  • Thanks so much … I was trying portray the feeling I have when I watch them circling above me.

    – byronbackyard

  • ronholiday
    ronholidayabout 4 years ago

    Another great one, Byron! Incredible wing detail & awesome colors.. Aloha

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

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  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerabout 4 years ago

  • Oh Wow, my first feature with I Love Birds, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Val Saxby
    Val Saxbyabout 4 years ago

    a stunnign shot. Congrats on the features. Val

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

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