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I photographed this Osprey at Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL, from the lovely little Schwartz Park. I took the photographs on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 late in the afternoon.  The bird of prey was trying unsuccessfully to catch a tasty fish for its meal.  The lake is very high right now since we have had a lot of rain recently.  I have been seeing many Canada Geese, the resident Great Blue Heron, a few ducks, a few egrets and Anhingas but this is the first Osprey here in several weeks that I have photographed.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "An Osprey (Sea Hawk or Sea Eagle)" (3)

  1. I love watching Ospreys, but seldom have an opportunity to get close enough for photos. They fish the river nearby and it’s exciting to see them hover and then dive for a fish!

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, the Osprey are often spotted near rivers. So nice you get to see them fish. Exciting. This one I photographed did do the dive but then quit and sat in that large tree. The lake is being lowered today via a complicated hose and pump to a street drain 2 blocks away (the temporary huge hoses are strung through back yards no less – something learned after Hurricane Irma. The lake has no drain or creek and is fed by a small spring). We expect a lot of rain in coming days. Have a great weekend!

  2. The lake’s lowering is done with the excess water pumped to sprinklers on the local golf course and also into that golf course’s ponds. Very difficult and complicated but it will prevent flooding.

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