Tuesday, March 11, 2008
A Once in a Lifetime Encounter
Capturing this Osprey photograph was a unique once in a lifetime opportunity. This was the closest that I have ever been to a wild free Osprey and with little doubt I will never get this close again.
For the full story of this encounter visit my son Chad’s Photoblog.
The Osprey, also known as a Fish Hawk and sometimes referred to as a Fish Eagle, normally does not allow a human to approach closely nor is it often seen on the ground. At the beginning of this encounter I was concerned that it had its feet entangled in a mat of debris and fishing line. That was not the case. Apparently it was gathering nesting material and did not want to leave its bundle behind when approached.
The Ospreys population was driven close to extinction by the use of the pesticide DDT. The DDT caused thinning of the Osprey’s egg shell which in turn caused egg breakage during laying and incubation. Since the ban of DDT in 1972 the Osprey population had rebounded nicely. When leaving Florida I noticed that most pairs of utility poles between Lakeland and Kissimmee sported an active Osprey nest.