Osprey rebuilds owls’ nest

This video from Georgia in the USA says about itself:

2 February 2017

An Osprey was busy adding nesting material to the vacant nest on the Savannah Great Horned Owl Cam for about an hour this morning. Watch the highlights of the bird’s multiple trips.

This camera livestream is a partnership between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Skidaway Audubon.

You can watch this cam here.

Osprey at owl nest in Georgia, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

1 February 2017

This morning marked another visit by an Osprey to the empty nest on the Great Horned Owl Savannah Cam. While Osprey visits have become more frequent, there’s still no telling if an Osprey breeding pair plans to use this nest as their own, as breeding season is still a ways away.

Mid Atlantic states, like Georgia, offer a longer window for Ospreys to breed than more northern areas where the breeding season is limited by colder temperatures. For example, studies have found that Osprey breeding pairs in North Carolina generally start laying eggs anywhere from mid-March to as late as June!

This camera livestream is a partnership between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Skidaway Audubon.

Osprey mating season in Florida, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

24 November 2016

High Definition Audio. Amazing male Osprey Sky Dance and courtship calling right over the Backyard and low. While the male shows off his voice and stamina for over 10 minutes the female can be heard calling loudly from high in a long leaf pine tree below probably encouraging him on! Hopefully they will build a nest nearby in the coming weeks. Luckily I had just attached my new external microphone with wind screen – this was the perfect test! …

The osprey is found year-round in Florida both as a nesting species and as a spring and fall migrant passing between more northern areas and Central and South America. Ospreys in Florida did not suffer the serious pesticide-related population declines that occurred in other states in the 1950s and 1960s. Pesticides, shoreline development and declining water quality continue to threaten the abundance and availability of food and nest sites for ospreys. …

In Florida, ospreys commonly capture saltwater catfish, mullet, spotted trout, shad, crappie and sunfish from coastal habitats and freshwater lakes and rivers for their diet. …

Ospreys have adapted so well to artificial nest sites that the species now nests in areas (e.g. inner cities) once considered unsuitable. Nests are commonly reused for many years. Nesting begins from December (south Florida) to late February (north Florida). The incubation and nestling period extends into the summer months.

The osprey is listed as a Species of Special Concern only in Monroe County. Permits are required throughout the state to remove a nest for these wonderful raptors, however, and a replacement structure must be erected to mitigate the removal of the nest.

Osprey and mockingbirds in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

13 November 2016

A large Osprey or Fish Eagle takes a rest break in the Backyard and its piercing calls soon have the Mockingbirds, Blue Jays and squirrels upset. I’m not sure they know the big raptor eats only fish! Better not to take a chance….It’s Osprey season now! Although they live here year-round, winter is the time they make their presence known.

Osprey bathing on video

This 13 September 2016 video shows an osprey bathing.

Arjen de Haan made this video in De Krim village in Overijssel province in the Netherlands.

Osprey-grey heron collision, photo

Osprey and grey heron

This photo, by Wilfried Solarz from the Netherlands, is about on osprey. It had been driven away by a young goshawk. But then, it almost collided with a grey heron; making the heron scream.

Osprey in Reeuwijk, the Netherlands: here.

Osprey with fish video

This video from Georgia in the USA says about itself:

26 September 2016

An Osprey visitor stopped by the Savannah Great Horned Owl Cam to rest after a successful hunt. In this clip, you can see the unlucky fish still flapping about. Unfortunately for the fish, Ospreys have barbed pads on the soles of their feet that help them grip their slippery prey.