Ospreys are nesting.
With so much water around us, and so many fish, “fish hawks” are abundant. I see at least a few every day, in part because I have to cross bridges from my home peninsula to do errands.
We spotted this one at Pendarvis Cove Park in Palm City two days ago. We were walking the dog and visiting a new place.
Another Osprey in a tree nearby, presumably the other half of the pair.
Location: a nice little park on the South Fork of the St. Lucie River.
When we spotted the nest from afar, we thought it might be a Bald Eagle’s.
“An eagle wouldn’t tolerate an osprey that close,” John opined.
Quite an accumulation of nesting material.
This one has a fish.
Yesterday we walked around the pretty gardens at Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. It’s the longest walk we’ve done in two weeks, since my husband fixed an old injury by getting a new titanium hip.
We spotted another Osprey nest. They do like the sturdy old pines.
Hello, fish hawk.
This one looked a bit damp. It’s mate was nearby too.
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One more photo, orchids in the garden.
The weather has been lovely. April in Florida is sweet.