“Wow! Where did this cold weather come from? And the wind! Hey, it’s blowing 12-14 miles per hour here at the Taj Mahal. If you’re watching the camera, you can see we’re hunkered down. See how we always face directly into the wind; our bodies are like a wind vane. Notice the platform is moving a bit too. But the nest is just as secure as it can be. I give Ozzie the credit for bringing such perfect sticks with which I can work. Ozzie is sweet. He gives me credit for constructing the perfect nest.”
The Doctor’s first platform
Ospreys have traditionally nested in the bare branches of dead trees. Typical nest sites are dead or relatively open live trees, in or within a few kilometers of open water.
Regarding dead trees, ospreys have a penchant for tall trees devoid of their upper branches. They settle on top of the exposed trunk, giving them 360 degrees of visibility.
Channel markers are favorite osprey nesting sites.
Any place, high, safe, with a wide field of vision and plenty of fish will do:
Camera # 1
Camera # 2
Harriett O. Raptor
North River Carteret Co. NC