osprey family photo diary
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osprey family photo diary

I’ve been keeping an eye on this huge osprey nest for a few months now… and as you can see above, they have been keeping their eyes on me as well.

Here’s mom sitting on eggs back in May: “Caution, Only Ospreys Allowed!”:

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I witnessed dad fly to nearby trees, tug on branches until they snapped off, then bring the branches to fortify the giant nest:

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The couple looks very satisfied with their creation, ready for hatchlings:

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And finally, here’s the entire family in late June; mom, dad and two babies are visible:

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Dad usually perches nearby and keeps a close watch:

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Here’s mom in the nest with two juveniles in late-July:

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Portrait of a juvenile, looking insecure:

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I read that the male osprey needs to catch 6-8 fish every day to feed a family of two babies, so I’ve stopped by this nest in Providence a few times recently to document the action.

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this poor fish was still alive and flapping… had no idea there was a world outside of the water…

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The juveniles are almost fully grown and ready to leave, so dad’s intensified fishing activity won’t last too much longer. Below are two juvies on the left and mom on the right.

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5 Comments

  1. Adam
    Posted 07.31.11 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Just wanted to pop in to say that as a resident of Providence this is one of my favorite local blogs. It’s clear that you really love what you do and I really appreciate the insight into the lives of these beautiful creatures. Thanks!

    • Peter Green
      Posted 07.31.11 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

      Thank you sincerely, Adam, that’s great to hear

  2. Graham
    Posted 08.03.11 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Fantastic shots! As always!

  3. Posted 09.08.11 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    WOW! We do not have these in Missouri or not around St. Louis anyway. Really great captures!!

  4. Paula Nichols
    Posted 12.31.14 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Are you aware of the osprey nest in Warwick, it is on the top of the cell tower on Warwick Ave behind the Washington Trust Bank. I watch every spring as they arrive and have their babies, watch all summer and they leave in the early fall..

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