Grand Ole Osprey

Some days you just wander around minding your own business…

Maybe you’re doing errands or on your way to work or meeting a friend for lunch. What you don’t know is that right around the corner something unexpected is waiting for you.  A surprise, a gift, something extraordinary that’s been put in your path. You just have to be fortunate enough to recognize it or see it. In yoga classes they call this being “present”, or totally aware of all that’s around you. I’d like to think I’m learning to do this, but the truth is it’s harder than it seems, distractions are everywhere.

So, yesterday I’m puttering my way over to Bellaire for groceries, singing, (my car is the only one who appreciates my musical talent) when…

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No, not really…KIDDING!!!! It’s too early for those.

This is what I really saw…

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I think these are the two almost famous Osprey that return year after year to the platform nest near Grass River Natural Area. They’ve been working on the nest the past few weeks & you can see the progress easily. What I think was happening here was a work break, or maybe a discussion about the floor plan. In any event, these two were just sitting in a tree adjacent to the platform enjoying the warmer air & each other. I was grateful on two counts:

1. I saw them, as opposed to just driving obviously by.

2. I actually had my camera with me instead of sitting in the case at home.

I saw them…

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They saw me…

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It was a great moment all around!

Osprey 101 – top 10 things you always wanted to know

*  Osprey are raptors or birds of prey.

*  Their wingspan can be up to 70 inches.

*  They primarily eat fish & so live close to water.

*  Osprey mate for life.

*  Average life-span is 7-10 years.

*  Adults start reproducing at to 3 & 4 years old.

*  Eggs incubate for 5 weeks.

*  Babies start flying in 8 to 10 weeks.

*  Eagles are their natural predators.

*  Osprey are mascots for rugby, football, baseball, & ski teams.

(Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Me…I’m off to practice a new song for my car…

Talking 'bout my g-g-generation!

About Diane

a long time lover of all things aquatic...swimming, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling...if it involves water...I'm in. Add traveling, snowshoeing in the winter, gardening in the spring, & lots of fresh air & sunshine. Blend with cooking, crafting, great friends & my Border Collie Zack. Toss in some sweet beekeeping. Mix in a couple of great books, my camera, clean notebook paper, & a cool pen & you pretty much have a picture of me. My friends tell me I should also add..."once a teacher...always a teacher".
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3 Responses to Grand Ole Osprey

  1. Ed LaFreniere says:

    Wonderful posting, Diane! I will put on earmuffs if I ever see someone singing in a car!

  2. Maureen says:

    Fabulous photos & text. Love it!

  3. Heather says:

    I love those birds – I look for them every time I’m on my way to Short’s 🙂

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