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Osprey at the Guana Marsh

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This Osprey was out hunting for a fish or an amphibian or small reptile at the Guana River Wildlife Management Area marsh between Jacksonville Beach and  St. Augustine, Florida.  This is a brackish coastal marsh near the Atlantic Ocean.  The Osprey is a bird of prey that is smaller than an eagle.  Ospreys most often live near bodies of water such as oceans, large rivers, or lakes.  The Osprey is very good at swooping down to the surface of the water to pluck out a fish.

Ospreys build their nest on sturdy larger tree branches that are high up in the tree, at the top of tall stumps of dead trees, or at the tops of man-made poles, and lights. The nests are made of big sticks and are quite large.  I took these pictures on Sept. 11, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Osprey at the Guana Marsh" (9)

  1. oh, how awesome!

  2. These are glorious pictures! How many times have you seen an osprey? Their identification is easier than most hawks, and I believe they are the only fishing hawks.

    • Hi Ginny, Thank you! This was the one Osprey I had seen here in FL. I had previously seen one up at my lake home in Crossville, TN, a couple of years back. They are really beautiful, smart, swift birds. Also known as “Sea Hawks”. Have a fine weekend!

  3. Cool series on the Osprey! I love to watch them on the hunt! Have a great evening and a happy weekend!

  4. I’m glad that you got close enough for these great pictures! They are wonderful birds!

    • Hi Montucky, Thanks! I was basically taking the pictures from the parking area. There were a lot of people fishing and catching fish right and left so maybe that was a reason the bird was coming around the area where there were people. Baitfish have been coming into the estuaries and along the Atlantic shore near this place so the Osprey was likely attracted by a lot of small fish. Have a great weekend!

  5. Great pictures of a majestic bird, Wildlifewatcher!

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