Osprey At Anderson River Park For Skywatch Friday

by Larry on May 21, 2009

Osprey With Chick Under Wing photos by Larry Jordan

I went back to Anderson River Park to do some more Osprey watching today.  This time I took my Celestron C90  spotting scope and tried some digiscoping.  If you look closely under the wing, you can see an Osprey chick’s head.  I discovered today that this nest holds two Osprey chicks!

These photos were taken while this adult was waiting for their partner to bring back the evening meal.  Osprey eat fish almost exclusively and Anderson River Park, being located on the Sacramento River, offers a perfect location to build a nest.  Fish are abundant here.

I waited over an hour for the mate to bring in a fish and then missed the photo op when it arrived :-(.  I will attempt to get some in flight captures of these beautiful birds in the future and follow as the chicks get bigger and begin being more visible on the edge of the nest.

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Audun May 21, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Great shots. The bird looks fantastic against the clear blue sky

Auduns last blog post..Skywatch Friday, May 22nd 2009

Sandy May 22, 2009 at 3:01 am

Excellent photos! Where is this place?

Sandys last blog post..skywatch friday- clouds along the river

MaineBirder May 22, 2009 at 6:07 am

Excellent digiscope shots Larry!

Hope you get the flight shots another day.

MaineBirders last blog post..Skywatch Friday: Morning Fog

Larry May 22, 2009 at 6:30 am

@Audun thank you for your comment. Norway looks like a beautiful place. I will have to visit there someday.

@Sandy thank you. Anderson River Park is a great birding place along the Sacramento River, just south of Redding California. It is part of our Christmas Bird Count every year and provides not only riparian habitat but Savannah and shorebirds too!

Evita May 23, 2009 at 5:42 am

Hi Larry,

My goodness these are amazing close-ups! Very well captured!

chris May 23, 2009 at 7:38 am

Wonderful shots of a bird I’ve never met!!! Thanks for sharing

chriss last blog post..One of the most elegant and aggressive bird around!

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