Tuesday, May 14, 2019

part of life

They lost the eggs. I believe that they were flooded, but I don't know for sure. 
My heart is as heavy as the nest must have been, saturated to overflowing with sadness.
What would have happened; 
IF I had created drainage in the platform instead of just using a plywood base
IF it hadn't rained for days on end with no sun to dry the nest out
IF the temperatures hadn't been so cold
IF our young couple had been a bit more experienced.
But the ifs aren't going to bring back the eggs from this family.
But my hopes for them are strong, I know they are learning how to live, 
Like the rest of us, making mistakes along the way and living with the choices we've made. 
For now the nest remains empty.
The parents are in the area, flying in the trees, and landing on Brad's boat. 
And on heartbreaking occasions landing on the edge of the nest for a few moments.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

in my dreams

I have been dreaming of making this beautiful springtime image again this year.
 But no, it's not meant to be.
 If I were to attempt this now I would have steel grey behind these soggy blossoms. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

let it shine

Like this female osprey, I too want to feel the warmth of the sun to dry off the dampness that has permeated this spring.

I too want to head into the goldenness of a new day,

and land happily in my own nest.

Saturday, May 4, 2019


Hard to spend time in the garden when it's mostly raining or dreary everyday.

But it felt good to take in the lilac smells on this overcast and misty day.

Friday, May 3, 2019


Dad is on the right, and mom is on the left. They are both fussing in the nest.

The wind is picking up so mom is having a bad hair day.

Dad hasn't even noticed as he is too busy preparing the nest for the eggs
 that I think should be coming soon. They have both been spending much more time on the nest than ever before. Mom sat for hours and then dad flew in and took over. Just when I thought there might be eggs they both proved me wrong by leaving the nest alone for way too long a time. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


No need to call the authorities, this is not a family dispute!
Earlier today dad, on the right, appeared on the nest a bloody mess down the front of him.
 I panicked, how did this happen?
 Did he have a territorial dispute with the neighbors, was someone picking on him??
Well actually no, he had just killed a really bloody fish and made a mess of himself. 
In this image he is almost all cleaned up.

The next drama is watching the two of them have a tizzy fit because the neighboring osprey flew too close to their nest and they're giving him what for.

giving the eagle eye, opps I mean giving the osprey eye...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

time for sex

She has been waiting for him to arrive.

He is almost there.

Sideways landing but hey who's perfect.

Now they've got it!
Entire sequence 4 seconds.
I kid you not, my camera settings prove it.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

In awe

She is bringing in soft nesting material to line their growing nest.
 He is there to receive it and because he is the prime stick bringer he seems quite blown away by his beautiful feathered female.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

wash of red

I can't deny that the Ospreys have become an obsession.
But how can I ever forget the beautiful songbirds that visit my garden everyday.

This male cardinal was flying about with his female companion always nearby. He fed her a sunflower seed on the garden wall but my camera was focused on you know who. Hard to know where to be to capture the activities of this fabulous month. Couples are everywhere!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


We arranged to have an osprey platform built on the top of this tree 2 years ago. 
We had no luck and I almost decided to remove it.
It is right off of our side porch and quite an eyesore.
But when we returned back to Oyster Bay look who we found!

This young couple have built a brand new nest out of twigs and seaweed.

This is mom.

And this is dad flying in.
I just wanted to introduce all of you to them. 
Hopefully the next few months will be full of wonderful stories.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

having a flap

Why do you want to leave us to go back up north! 

We've heard you have a new osprey nest up there next to your house. We don't think their babies are as cute as us tricolored herons. Mom says we are the most beautiful babies of all. Look at our expressive head of potential feathers. And of course see our wing colors and our yellow legs? We are rock stars, and we can't believe you're leaving us.....just don't understand.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019


So much more to see if you wait in the dark for the sun to find the waves and reflect in the shallows of the froth along the edge.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

not this time

Our little green heron family was not successful. My heart sank when I returned to their nesting site and found nothing, the eggs were gone, the nest was gone. Yet I found one of the parents looking over the preserve from the railing that held me back from being with them. I wish I could make things right for them or do I really mean I wish I could make things right for me. 

I continued walking through the preserve and found the life that was thriving there.
My heart began to open up again.

I could feel hopeful and even laugh at the littles.

I could be happy for all the others.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

a dialog

I'm working on images for a book that is swirling through my mind. 
I came upon this captive red tailed hawk photograph.
It stopped me cold as his soul reached out to me.
Does he speak to you as well?

Tuesday, April 2, 2019