The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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May 2, 2013

A photographing adventure

Medina Journal-Register — Recently I made an effort to photograph the rebuilding of an osprey nest that had been blown down this past winter. A blind was set up near the nest site and several mornings were spent photographing from it.

The male seems to do most of the material collecting at the beginning with the female joining in later but not as much. The female seems to do a lot of supervising and encouraging though! I have not been able to capture it with the camera yet but have witnessed how the bird will fly at a dead branch on a tree and grab it with his feet and try to break it off with his momentum which is then carried to the nest site. Some times these limbs can be pretty big and they don’t always break off. The osprey is then pushed back and has to let go of it. They also dive down close to the ground near the edge of the marsh and grab clumps of grass and sometimes aquatic vegetation with some mud mixed in apparently for “mortar” for the nest.

They will also pick up limbs that are floating in the water, some of which they can hardly lift from it. Many pictures have been gotten of them flying with a long limb that has one end still dragging in the water as they head to the nest and it is always amazing how they manage.

Other wildlife was also seen and photographed on several of these mornings in the blind including a shot of a osprey chasing an immature eagle away from his nesting area. Nice close shots of a pair of Hooded Mergansers were gotten one morning too as were some grebes.

The best morning on this quest was when I woke and was still pretty tired and thought of not going out. However the clear early morning sky told me there was going to be great sunlight, which is needed for good flight shots, so I forced my self up and headed to the blind.

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