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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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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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  • 1Nino
    1Ninoalmost 3 years ago


  • Many thanks Tony!

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  • Robert H Carney
    Robert H Carneyalmost 3 years ago

  • Many thanks Robert, very happy making!

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  • swaby
    swabyalmost 3 years ago

    BRAVO! Perfectly beautiful Deb!

  • Many thanks Tina, they’re a spectacular subject!

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    shanghaiwualmost 3 years ago
  • Many thanks, very happy making!

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    Rene Halesalmost 3 years ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture

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    Julie Whitealmost 3 years ago

    Awesome capture.

  • Many thanks Julie!

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    CeePhotoArtalmost 3 years ago

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  • Many thanks Cee, very happy making!

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  • Wayne Wood
    Wayne Woodalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations on having your image featured in the group “The Birds”.

  • Many thanks Wayne, very happy making!

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  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersalmost 3 years ago

    Beautifully done Deb, congrats on the features too.

  • Many thanks Phillip for your kind comment!

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