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The Osprey

Mom & Dad

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This is starting with Mom & Dad before the babies came along!

The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the sea hawk or fish eagle, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching 60 centimeters (24 in) in length with a 2m wingspan. It is brown on the upper parts and predominantly grayish on the head and under parts, with a black eye patch and wings.
The Osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant. 

Bird of prey: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_of_prey

All in his own story line Jack Howison of Beaufort, SC and his Adventure of the Osprey and others, go back to the Index Page to check them out.

Some photos may be fuzzy when made large.

It all started with one lonely nest tower.

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Sent: Saturday, March 13, 2010 8:30 AM Subject: Good Morning 3-13-10A pair of Ospreys were checking out my nesting pole........sure hope they start building!!  They have nested here two times in about 15 years the pole has been there....really fun to watch them as the babies grow up and fly for the first time.....takes a bit of coaxing from Maw & Paw!! Happy Saturday!!

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Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 8:22 AM Subject: Good Morning 3-16-10 The two Ospreys from a few days ago were back and had a stalk of marsh grass with them.....perhaps they will nest here again this year?? Happy Tuesday!!

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Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 8:20 AM Subject: Good Morning 3-18-10 Ospreys were looking over their feeble attempt at a nest..........get with it guys!! Happy Thursday!!

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Sent: Saturday, March 20, 2010 8:16 AM Subject: Good Morning 3-20-10 The Ospreys were on my boat lift fishing.....their nest needs a lot of work and I hope they work on it some today?? Happy Saturday & SPRINGTIME!!!!!

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Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2010 8:25 AM Subject: Good Morning 3-21-10 The Ospreys are coming right along with the nest.......keep it up guys!! Happy Sunday

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Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 8:19 AM Subject: Good Morning 3-23-10 A Cormorant whizzed by on his way up McCalley Creek while "Momma Osprey" watched over the nest......it still needs work Mom!! Happy Tuesday!!

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Sent: Monday, March 29, 2010 7:57 AM Subject: Good Morning 3-29-10 Another Blue daybreak but it was warm and looked like the clouds might break up but right before 7:20 the clouds thickened and it began to rain......UGH!! The Ospreys stood watch as the rain persisted..... Happy Monday!!

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Sent: Friday, April 02, 2010 8:08 AM Subject: Good Morning 4-2-10 The Osprey standing "Morning Watch" again......
Happy Good Friday

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Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2010 7:19 AM Subject: Good Morning 5-1-10 Hilda (Mrs. Osprey) watched over her eggs and kept a close eye on me!!

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I have been following Jack and the Osprey! But on this day I'm giving you a full view of Jack the man behind the camera on this BEAUTIFUL early morning outing. In asking for his consent to add his picture or info, he replied "As for me you know you have permission and never have to ask....you do good things Gloria Jean!!". Thanks Jack! 

Sent: Friday, May 14, 2010 7:20 AM Subject: Good Morning 5-14-10

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BTW.....NO BUGS ON ME!!! Check out my "Bug Proof" headgear.....Thanks again Bob!!! Also Jack and his Faithful Companion "Bud E. Bear"......

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Another beautiful, calm Sunrise today with the cruise ship "American Glory" in the middle photo is heading North on the ICW beyond the dock at Brickyard around 6:00 AM.......

I knew Jack had sent the "American Glory" pictures before so I looked back and found them from: Sent: Friday, April 30, 2010 7:34 AM Subject: Good Morning 4-30-10

Another "Low Country Beauty" with clear skies, warmer temps, and the cruise ship "American Glory" sliding by as the Sun rose......VERY NICE!!

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Here is a link to American Cruise Lines if any of you would like to explore the East Coast on a small cruise ship?? http://www.americancruiselines.com/ship_main.php

They stop overnight in Beaufort quite often docking on our Waterfront Park's seawall......passengers can walk all around our BEAUTIFUL little town from here!!  Looks like they are headed to Charleston today??

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A couple of fishermen made their way through Mother Nature's Rorschach display of clouds reflecting on the calm River!!

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A Gull was flying into the Sun's reflection in one close-up.....LUCKY shot!!

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Happy Friday!!

Sent: Monday, June 07, 2010 7:48 AM Subject: Good Morning 6-7-10 Hilda (our Osprey Mom) took a few laps around the "patch" while I walked down the dock and I was able to get a couple silhouette shots with the Sun behind her........nice landing Hilda!! Happy Monday!!

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