Both Osprey parents expend considerable effort protecting the nest from intruders, including other Ospreys and potential predators.
Glorious in her victory the female Osprey chased the crows away from the nest for sometime today. She had a number of vocalizations and wouldn’t return to the nest until the crows were well gone!
It’s the second time I’ve stepped out into the creek and felt that I’ve ‘helped’ her and again I felt she acknowledged that. I believe it’s fairly rare for an Osprey to do a stationary hover above one’s head and have momentary eye contact!
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture! The size and power of the whole bird comes through so nicely!

  • Thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 4 years ago

    Fabulous!! . . .

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Kratos
    Kratosover 4 years ago

    These are three amazing photos. I know the crows can be a trial for other birds…around here, I’ve seen them chased off by sparrows, blackbirds, geese,gulls…you name it.

  • Yes I had a wonderful time getting these shots, the Osprey chase off heaps of birds, some a lot bigger than them if they come hear the nest. The crows are the most persistent though!

    – byronbackyard

  • Judy Seltenright
    Judy Seltenrightover 4 years ago

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature of this fabulous capture!

  • Many thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyover 4 years ago

    I was gonna ask how you got the bird to hover for the camera as a joke… and then I read your description. Well, well, well… lucky you! That’s amazing!

  • Yep it it very lucky me …. on the other hand many years of getting to know them! Much joy though!

    – byronbackyard

  • William C. Gladish
    William C. Gla...over 4 years ago

    WOW, this is an outstanding image :-)

  • Thank you so much, she’s gorgeous isn’t she!

    – byronbackyard

  • William C. Gladish
    William C. Gla...over 4 years ago

    Yes, gorgeous, indeed :-)

  • High praise from the man who took the Osprey with the big fish shot!

    – byronbackyard

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariabout 3 years ago

    WOW Byron, this is one fantastic capture of that amazing wing spread Osprey have. Totally beautiful and a fave for me. :)

  • Many thanks Kathy, so glad you like it, it’s always been one of my favs of the female!

    – byronbackyard

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture

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