Osprey
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Osprey with a fish at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge, Maryland. I was on a trail and heard a crash in the tree above me. It was the osprey landing with this big fish, still thrashing around. Osprey at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge, Maryland. I was stopped in my car and saw this osprey coming toward me. I was able to grab the camera and get the window down quickly enough to get this shot. An osprey on Merritt Island. Dec. 26, 2002. An osprey with a fish on Pine Island. Dec. 26, 2002. Osprey with a fish, Blackwater NWR, Maryland, 2003.
Osprey at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge near Rock Hall, Maryland, 2003. Osprey, Honeymoon Island, Florida, April 2006. Osprey nest, Honeymoon Island, Florida, April 2006. Osprey, Honeymoon Island, Florida, April 2006. Osprey, Honeymoon Island, Florida, April 2006.
Osprey, Honeymoon Island, Florida, April 2006. Osprey, Honeymoon Island, Florida, April 2006. Osprey, Honeymoon Island, Florida, April 2006. Osprey with an eel, Honeymoon Island, Florida, April 2006. Osprey, Honeymoon Island, Florida, April 2006.
Osprey, Honeymoon Island, Florida, April 2006. Osprey chick in nest, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007. Two osprey in nest, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007. Young osprey tests its wings, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007. Osprey hovering over a nest, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007.
Osprey in nest, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007. Osprey in nest, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007. Osprey eating a fish, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007. Osprey with a branch, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007. First in a sequence.  The osprey on the lower perch will take off and land on the back of the other osprey, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007.
Osprey coming in for a landing, second in sequence, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007. Osprey link up, third in sequence, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007. Osprey, fourth in sequence, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007. Osprey, fifth in sequence, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007. Osprey, sixth in sequence, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007.
Osprey, seventh and last in sequence, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007. Osprey, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007. Osprey, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, May 2007. Osprey, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008. Osprey with material for patching nest after recent windstorms, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008.
Osprey coming in for a landing, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008. Osprey with a big fish, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008. Osprey takes fish elsewhere, first in sequence, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008. Osprey takes fish elsewhere, second in sequence, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008. Osprey having chow, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008.
Osprey having chow, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008. Osprey points the fish’s head into the wind, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008. Osprey, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008. Osprey (first of seven), Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008. Here comes another osprey (second of seven), Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008.
Coming in for a landing (third of seven), Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008. Hovering (fourth of seven), Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008. Still hovering (fifth of seven), Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008. Touchdown (sixth of seven), Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008. Slip sliding away (seventh of seven), Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008.
After you chew the head off the fish, it’s time to take it back to the nest.  Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008. Osprey vocalizing.  Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, March 2008. Osprey, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida.  Osprey, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida.  Osprey, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida.
Osprey, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida.  An osprey nest on a prominence in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, June 2013.

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