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!