I hope your weekend was great. For us it was a weekend of sun and blue skies. And a few sudden thunderstorms as can be expected mid July in Florida.
Lots of outdoors time for me. Sweaty and refreshing at the same time. The essence of summer.
I enjoyed the beach and the warm Gulf waters, walked in the nature reserve and visited the bay-side too. That’s where I discovered papa osprey! He was perched on a lamp post at the edge of the park, with a strategic view of his fishing waters on the bay across the street.
When I walked past the lamp post, he turned around to look at me. As if saying so Tiny, here we meet again. He was talking a lot and staring intently into the nature reserve to his right. Following his line of sight I soon discovered another osprey on a palm trunk close-by.
His breast was white with no markings so he’s likely a male. He greeted me politely and didn’t seem alarmed.
When I reached the beach on the bay-side, I saw that papa osprey was still watching me . It was wonderful to see him again. I hope to see him more often on my walks now that I have discovered his holdout.
Heading back home, I walked through the nature reserve. Most birds were hiding in the shadows, but I saw some of my old friends, like this Roseate Spoonbill. He always amazes me with his theatrics.
This juvenile Small Blue Heron was present too, but I saw the Great Blue Heron (the “Mayor”) on the bayside. He was following a fisherman’s luck very closely 🙂
I hope your week will be productive and beautiful, complete with ospreys and old friends. Love always, Tiny
28 thoughts on “Summer on the Beach. Ospreys and Old Friends.”
That long stretch of beach looks gorgeous, and how wonderful that papa osprey said hello!
I was so happy to find him again! I hope to learn if he’ll fly further south or stay here until the next nesting season. I got a new camera and next season I can take fairly good pictures of the nest from my terrace too 🙂
Were these photos taken with your new camera?
Yes. I had to get the long zoom…so I can take pics of the chicks in the nest next year – hopefully.
Lovely! So glad you enjoyed your weekend, Tiny!
Thanks Nancy. It was a lovely outdoorsy weekend. I hope yours was good too!
Kylläpäs tuli hyviä kuvia uudella kameralla!
Niin tuli! On suuri ero. Nyt tekee mieli menna ulos kuvaamaan joka paiva 🙂 Hyvia kavelyita…
You have some great pictures there and I’m happy to say that the weather here is something that now resembles summer too. Just the other day I spied–for a moment–the osprey that lives in the hill behind my house. She’s near a pond so I assume she dines main;y on the small trout in it but I would not be surprised to learn that she occasionally takes a snowshoe hare as they’re very plentiful here. has an It’s worth noting that the varsity teams at the University where i work take their name from the raptor; “Memorial University Sea Hawks”
Thanks Maurice. I got myself a new camera & zoom that gets me much closer to wildlife, thought I had deserved it by now 🙂 Happy your summer has arrived!! Great that you can observe an osprey. Is she alone or are they a family with nestlings?
Iam glad you had a wonderful week end, we did too! 🙂 . The pictures are beautiful !!!
Thanks Gloria! Have a beautiful week ahead! Hugs from all of us 🙂
The ospreys are so magnificent, Tiny. Lucky you to have struck up this close relationship 🙂
They are truly fascinating. I feel lucky to have a nest close by.
Roseate Spoonbills have always tickled my fancy….they have quite the personality….thanks for sharing my friend.
Thanks Laurie. You are right, these birds have an interesting personality. The more I observe them, the more I like them.
I’m certain I’ve enjoyed more amazing glimpses of our feathered friends in your amazing photos than I have in real life. hugs for that…
Wow. Great photos!
Thanks Karen. I’ve been bitten by the “photo bug”. Trying to get better 🙂
Sweet Tiny all of those pictures are absolutely gorgeous!! The captures of the osprey are amazing! Hugs
Thank you Maggie! I’m happy you enjoyed them…I like to try to spot them on my walks and I’m hoping they stay in the area, but there’s a chance that they move more south and spend about 6 months in the Caribbean or South America. I haven’t seen them now for a few days…
Lovely beach – not in Miami, Florida though – all condos.
We’re lucky as we have the beach, the park and the salt marsh right here.
Thank you for visiting my blog and for liking one of my posts. I hope you will come again some time. Blessings, Natalie 🙂
Thanks for visiting here too! I’m sure we’ll see each other over there and over here 🙂