Defending the Nest

byronbackyard

Byron Bay, Australia

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Both Osprey parents expend considerable effort protecting the nest from intruders, including other Ospreys and potential predators.
Ospreys choose structures that can support a bulky nest, and that are safe from ground-based predators. Nest sites can be safe from predators either by being difficult for a predator to climb (e.g. on a cliff) or by being over water or on a small island. Over-water nest sites that are often used by ospreys include buoys and channel markers, dead trees and artificial nest platforms. Ospreys have also been known to nest on various man-made structures, such as power poles, duck blinds, communication towers, buildings and even billboards. In many cases, nests that are built on artificial structures such as nest platforms and power poles are more stable and fledge more chicks per breeding season than nests on naturally-occuring structures.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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