Saturday, July 31, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: Osprey in nest on light pole

Osprey in nest on light pole

The osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. Ospreys construct their nests at the tops of dead trees, atop power poles, on manmade nesting platforms, and sometimes on buoys, chimneys, or other structures.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (pdf)

Look up!

Call it "environmental irony" or (less humbly) "new topography": man-made elements intruding (?) in an image otherwise of natural beauty. But, if you do, you might see (and hear) ospreys in their nest, high overhead...on a light pole, in a supermarket parking lot, as I did in St. Augustine Beach, Florida, USA, on 3 July 2021.

The osprey —or, more specifically, the western osprey (Pandion haliaetus), also called sea hawk, river hawk, and fish hawk— is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. It is a large raptor, reaching more than two feet in length (60 cm) and six feet across the wings (180 cm). It is brown on the upper parts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts. It is found on all continents except Antarctica, although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant.

  • There is a (tangential) beer connection to this bird-of-prey portrait. I was at the supermarket that day to purchase beer. So, there.

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of images posted on Saturdays, and occasionally, but not always (as is the case today), with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • Photo 30 of 52, for year 2021. See it on Flickr: here.
  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II.
    • Lens: Olympus M. Zuiko M.40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R
    • Settings: 145 mm | 1/800 | ISO 200 | f/5.6
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