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Mare Island (Ca) Osprey

 
Itsed65
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Jul 02, 2014 19:04 |  #1

For the last month or so, I have been observing and photographing the goings on of a group of Osprey on the old Mare Island shipyard in Vallejo California. The raptors have made a home for themselves in the cranes, gantries, and light poles along the waterfront of the shuttered base, and have been thriving. There are over 10 active nests within a one mile stretch, and probably more.

Just for an idea of the structures they are nesting in, one of the nests is at the top of this crane, and you can see the parents hanging out a bit lower on the crane.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/nVZY​Uq] (external link)Mare Island Osprey Hotel (external link) by lennycarl08 (external link), on Flickr

Here one slows down over the bay before diving in for a meal
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Slow up (external link) by lennycarl08 (external link), on Flickr

After eating the tasty bits for itself, one of the adults flies the remainder of a striped bass back to the nest for the young ones to eat
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Osprey with an horderve (external link) by lennycarl08 (external link), on Flickr

Coming in to land on the top of a crane
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Osprey final approach (external link) by lennycarl08 (external link), on Flickr

One of the juveniles (you can tell by the orange eyes) testing out its flying ability.
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Learning to Fly (external link) by lennycarl08 (external link), on Flickr

Back to the nest
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Osprey cleared for landing (external link) by lennycarl08 (external link), on Flickr

Lunch time
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Saturday Brunch (external link) by lennycarl08 (external link), on Flickr

Finally, the juveniles are getting pretty big, and it won't be long before the nests empty, and silence will return to the old base.
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The Ospreys (external link) by lennycarl08 (external link), on Flickr

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