Category Archives: Ospreys

Doctor’s platform #1

Urban development, road building, agriculture, logging, erosion, water pollution and more are destroying the natural habitat of osprey. Man-made artificial platforms have been helpful. The Doctor’s first platform – 2014   Hurricane Arthur  

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Osprey nest 3

Ospreys are beachcombers. A sundry of shore line flotsam and jetsam are frequently found incorporated into their structures: plastic bags, pieces of plastic toys, fishing line and more. Looking at an osprey nest, one can tell how the world has … Continue reading

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Osprey nest 2

Osprey Nest 2 The nest site is not far from water, usually on top of a large tree (often with a dead or broken top) allowing 360 degrees of visibility. Nesting on a structure over water will protect them from … Continue reading

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Osprey nests 1

Osprey nests are built of sticks and lined with bark, sod, grasses, vines, algae, or flotsam and jetsam. The male fetches the nesting material and the female arranges it.

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Mating

If the sky dance is spectacular foreplay, then the copulation itself is fast and furious, lasting just a few seconds. Successful fertilization requires a “cloacal kiss.”   A male will land on a female’s back many times without this final … Continue reading

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Cold, Wet, Windy

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Courtship

Early in the breeding season, males typically perform an undulating aerial display called the “sky-dance.” At the top of each undulation, males hover briefly with their legs dangling and their tails fanned, and then dive downward with their wings drawn … Continue reading

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