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By handlerstudio  
We just returned from a three day sailing trip on the Chesapeake Bay. First day, 25-35 knots of wind, it was memorable, also for the extreme low tides, as the NW wind blew water out of the Bay, and a few groundings (the bottom of the Bay is mostly mud). I was not able to take as many bird photos as I would have liked, as I was at the helm much of the time. At the Wye River, we saw numerous Bald Eagles (tomorrow's entry), which are a bit hard to get close to. Ospreys are a different story. Once almost extinct because of DDT, they have made a serious comeback, and almost every marker has an osprey nest on it. Many are not shy, being used to boats passing close by. Such was this one. I think that they are still sitting on eggs.

Over the next few days, I will upload a range of photos from this sailing trip.

Tags: Ospreys Wildlife and nature Sailing photos

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
29 May 2013 12:50AM
This is one super osprey image---It does look like they are sitting on eggs!

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PattiW 12 24 2 United States
29 May 2013 1:34AM
Beautiful! It is the same down here in Florida. We were out towards the Gulf of Mexico yesterday and every marker along the channel had a nest! Patti Smile
S_Psharma 5 1 India
29 May 2013 4:33AM
Fine picture nice capture.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
29 May 2013 4:59AM
I am constantly amazed at the way different birds construct their nests - from an untidy mess like this to the neat and well constructed Weaver's nest Smile This is a lovely image Peter and the trip sounds like an amazing adventure !! Looking forward to the pics Smile
A common sight on the Bay is Ospreys flying with sticks in their mouths, Herman. These nests are similar to Blue Heron nests, also large nests of sticks, though as I remember them, they may tend to be neater, and are usually high up in trees. Blue Herons are also quite plentiful on the Chesapeake. I think they may be the most beautiful flyers I know, and also very graceful and lovely birds.

johnke 5 223 15
29 May 2013 5:53AM
Its good to see and hear that nature is recovering from Man's destruction with the DDT problem Peter, it must have been a wonderful few days to see this kind of recovery, beautifully captured....John
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
29 May 2013 5:57AM
Sounds like you had a good time, great capture........GrinGrin
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
29 May 2013 6:19AM
Beautiful bird well taken Peter.


29 May 2013 8:04AM
Well seen and captured.

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2013 11:54AM
Superb shot, exceptionally well spotted and captured

Jocelia 7 2 1 Australia
30 May 2013 3:31AM
Great picture and very interesting narrative of this wonderful
feathered friend. They are so good a recycling to by the looks of the nest
so they are environly friendly too. We watch Mud Larks build a nest once in our garden
by picking up the fur from the grass and from their beds of our two dogs that were molting.
It was amazingly constructed…….GrinGrinGrin
Great image, beautiful nest !!!Smile


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