by Marianne Campolongo
Photograph - Fine Art Photograph
Female osprey (Pandion haliaetus) perched on a nest made of sticks built on a high level nesting platform in Niantic, East Lyme, Connecticut. Also known as seahawks or fish hawks, these birds dive for live fish. This female osprey was guarding the young chicks whose fuzzy little heads popped up when her spouse arrived with a fish for supper. Osprey mate for life.
Thanks to preservation efforts these raptors have rebounded in New England. I remember when they built the platforms for the sea hawks to build their stick nests back in the 1970's, after the birds had been brought close to extinction by DDT. I've loved seeing these majestic creatures all the years since and to me they mean summer since they live in the salt marsh near the cottage we visit every summer.
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