Bird facts and observations: Osprey nests in Florida on natural supports...

<2 pictures of different natural Osprey nests on top of trees with busy ospreys.>
<2 images of different natural Osprey nests with on trees with osprey parents and hatchlings.>
Though they prefer to build their nests on the top of dead trees, in absence of such, a live tree
like the one on the upper left will have to make do. That one is a recent post hurricane addition.
These big birds of prey, as well as other bird species, saw many of their nests destroyed by the recent hurricanes. The famous nest adjacent to the Sanibel Lighthouse depicted in the other
3 pictures, blew away with the tree... The pair now nest on a much lower man-made platform.
As hatchlings grow bigger, the size of catches that Daddies bring in (see below) grow
in proportion. Despite sometimes adverse conditions, the Florida based osprey population
seems to be on the increase. Warm winters in Southwest Florida enable ospreys to mate from December into January. Fledglings (pages further down) can be observed by mid April.
<Close picture of an Osprey in flight clenching a large fish catch.>
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