Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cruising The Caloosahatchee!

Osprey

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Home Sweet Home...one bedroom Condo, perfect water views, need boat...priceless

"When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it."~Ralph Waldo Emerson~ 
Cruising down the Caloosahatchee River, we came across the awesome Osprey! Their nests perched atop zone signs, almost every one occupied. Many nests are quite visible but their occupants not always in residence. 
Out hunting for nourishment to feed their young and themselves keep them engaged! I was amazed to see the size of the prey in photo five! 
Last Wednesday was the day of our voyage. We rented a boat and cruised the Caloosahatchee with three other couples. The planning for this event was a long time coming, our friend Linda made many phone calls to set our expedition in motion. 
The wait was well worth it, Mother Nature bestowed upon us a perfect day. The temperature hovered around eighty two degrees, the wind mild and the river tame. Our destination, Sanibel Island for lunch. There is something about being on the water that makes me think of food almost immediately.
My observations of the river from a boat were amazing, camera in hand allowed me to capture it's essence, and the spirit of my spirited friends. The almighty Osprey were an added bonus, truly a gift allowing us to invade and capture a glimpse of their environment! 
Haven't been on a boat in quite some time and honestly can't wait to do it again! An event from which memories are made to cherish!

"The Osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant.
As its other common name suggests, the Osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It possesses specialised physical characteristics and exhibits unique behaviour to assist in hunting and catching prey.
The Osprey, sometimes known as the sea hawk, fish eagle or fish hawk, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching more than 24" in length and 71" across the wings. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts, with a black eye patch and wings."
~Wikipedia~

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19 comments:

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wow, what awesome shots of the osprey! I've only seen them in photos, never in person. Lucky you!!

Kathy said...

What great closeups you got of these majestic creatures!

TexWisGirl said...

these are gorgeous! great shots of their alert eyes and sharp beaks!

Deanna said...

beautiful captures of such beautiful birds..!!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Awesome closeup captures! I had no idea they would nest on the signs.

Linda/patchwork said...

Great shots! Must have been a neat experience, on the water and seeing the osprey nesting.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

The Osprey is a magnificent bird. We have some along nearby coastline but I have never seen any so close as these. Must have been a wonderful day.

Lisa Gordon said...

What magnificent creatures these are, Rosemary, and your photographs are wonderful!

Sharon Wagner said...

I have seen them catch fish so big they couldn't even carry it to their nest. They had to make a meal of it on the spot. Great photos!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

WOW, what lens were you using? Outstanding capture, it was a day worth venturing out.
GOD bless your day!

The Artful Diva said...

you must have a powerful zoom lens - love the osprey photos!

Barb Brookbank said...

How incredible to have been so close to these Osprey! Great shots!

Debbie said...

All I can say is WoW, what an exciting opportunity! Gorgeous images and stunning blue sky, so exciting to enjoy this entry!

Jacquelineand.... said...

These are magnificent photos Rosemary; not that I love ospreys immensely!(yeah right)

Pam ;) said...

Fantastic close-up shots of this beautiful pair of Ospreys, Rosemary. They could not have picked a more convenient spot to raise a family.

missing moments said...

Awesome detail of the osprey! I have yet to get a great closeup like yours!

Carola Bartz said...

Amazing photos of these beautiful birds. I love the close-ups. You are very lucky to have found these, and thank you for sharing them with your stunning photos.

Nancy Claeys said...

Such powerful looking birds -- great captures Rosemary!

Julie G. said...

Oh how lucky you were to see these magnificent Ospreys! They seem to be thriving on the west coast of Florida. Last November, my husband and I counted 18 Ospreys perched on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa. Your photographs are marvelous! Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

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