Ospreys use several different vocalizations to communicate with one another. Up to five different calls have been recognized by researchers. These calls are nearly always associated with a visual display, such as a characteristic flight or posture. Vocalizations are used for begging, alarm, courtship, and nest defense. One notable display is the “sky-dance,” which is an elaborate aerial display performed by males during courtship and early incubation. During this display, a male carrying a fish or nest material gives a screaming call while simultaneously performing short undulating flights separated by periods of hovering. Alarm calls are often given when a potential predator or disturbance such as a boat or human approaches the nest. These calls are usually accompanied by erect posturing and diving flight.
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  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    They are beautiful and this is a great shot Deb. A fav for me.

  • Thanks so much, they’re a great pair!

    – byronbackyard

  • Matsumoto
    Matsumotoover 3 years ago

    Terrific capture!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 3 years ago

    One of my fav Aussie bird of prey,nice shot.

  • Many thanks Wazza!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

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    laruecherieover 3 years ago

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 3 years ago


  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47over 3 years ago

    Lovely picture.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 3 years ago

    December 11, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, great WORK and well earned.

  • Many thanks Andrea!

    – byronbackyard

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 3 years ago

    Excuse me……

    This work was a Featured selection in the
    Birds Of Prey Group

  • Many thanks Kimberly, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

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