Defending the Nest by byronbackyard

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

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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  • Digidi
    Digidialmost 5 years ago

    wow great angles on this image well seen

  • Many thanks Di!

    – byronbackyard

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful image

  • thanks Robert!

    – byronbackyard

  • helmutk
    helmutkalmost 5 years ago

    Nice capture !

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725almost 5 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • paulbeattie
    paulbeattiealmost 5 years ago

    Stunning photo

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • soyrwoo
    soyrwooalmost 5 years ago

    The dynamic sky reflects the behavior of the birds perfectly; amazing capture!

  • Many thanks for your lovely comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Betsy  Seeton
    Betsy Seetonalmost 5 years ago

    So beautiful and your knowledge of these beautiful creatures is wonderful. Like I’ve said before, I see a book!

  • Thanks so much Betsy for your very kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot!! . . .

  • Many thanks Hugh!

    – byronbackyard

  • Joy Leong-Danen
    Joy Leong-Danenalmost 5 years ago

    Oooo excellent timing and very dramatic with that light, the clouds and how the Osprey protect their young! Nice work Deborah!

  • Many thanks Joy!

    – byronbackyard

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