We saw another osprey nest yesterday at Fort DeSoto Park, this time on a relatively deserted beach. The ospreys were nesting on an open manmade platform within a few yards of the Gulf of Mexico. The mother was on the nest with chicks that appeared half grown. She shrieked at me when I got close to take photos, but then ignored me. It was comforting to see these majestic birds raising their young in such an exposed location, seemingly without much fear of humans.
|Ospreys nest with chicks|
|Ospreys nest on a manmade platform adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico|
Ospreys need appropriate nesting sites to reproduce. They favor tall structures near water for their large nests of sticks. Manmade platforms specially built to attract ospreys have helped them make a comeback. But the birds also make creative use of other platforms, as you can see in the photo below, taken in Maine last fall.
|Ospreys' nest on an old fishing boat, Chebeague Island, Maine|
For more information on ospreys:
Birds of North America - Osprey