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.
Here one slows down over the bay before diving in for a meal
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Slow up by lennycarl08, 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 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
Coming in to land on the top of a crane
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Osprey final approach by lennycarl08, 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 by lennycarl08, on Flickr
Back to the nest
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Osprey cleared for landing by lennycarl08, on Flickr
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Saturday Brunch by lennycarl08, 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 by lennycarl08, on Flickr