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Both sexes of Osprey collect materials for the nest, but the female does most of the arranging of materials at the nest. Their nests are typically constructed of sticks, and lined with softer materials such as seaweed, kelp, grasses or cardboard. A wide variety of flotsam and jetsam may also be incorporated into osprey nests, including fishing line, plastic bags and nearly anything else that an osprey might find and can lift. Osprey pairs use the same nest year after year, but must spend some time each year repairing it and adding materials before eggs can be laid.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM


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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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  • RichImage
    RichImageabout 4 years ago

    what a beautiful capture, Byron…. really nice….

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersabout 4 years ago

    Yep that’s a lovely shot…. wish we had these down this way.

  • Many thanks Phillip, we only have that one pair here & their chicks, if they survive, get driven away next breeding season!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture once more!

  • Thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

  • Betsy  Seeton
    Betsy Seetonabout 4 years ago

    Spectacular! You catch once in a lifetime shots ALL THE TIME … This could be on the cover of a magazine! It’s superb!

  • Thanks so much Betsy for your very kind comment … I think it’s probably because I spend hours and hours just waiting or tromping around in strange, isolated places!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant shot!! . . .

  • Thank so much Hugh!

    – byronbackyard

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterabout 4 years ago

    Amazing shot!

  • Many thanks EagleHunter!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    July 31, 2010

  • Thanks Teresa, very happy making and a beautiful moment in the universe!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    You’re so very welcome Byron

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature with The Birds.

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

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