Mommy Osprey's like this one should be just about ready to begin migrating to South America for their winter vacation. They normally leave first, followed by the adult males making their vacation plans and leaving a couple of weeks later. The juveniles are the last to go by the first couple of weeks in September.
A few of you have been wondering where I'm getting osprey shots and how many are there around here that I can pretty much shoot them as dailies. I live on the Chesapeake, otherwise known as the 'Osprey Garden', at the mouth of the Patuxent River in Maryland. There is probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 - 40 active nests within an hours drive of my house. I frequently shoot the ospreys from 3 nearby nests that I can get to very easily from shore with decent backgrounds. And there's even 4 -5 eagle nests nearby but they are a little harder to get to without a boat. I'm working on getting a little shallow draft runabout :)
This osprey web cam (http://www.life.umd.edu/biology/paynterlab/video/cam-osprey.html ) is in the area I shoot from. It's not one of the nests I watch religously because it's blocked off to the walking public (the boating public have great access to this nest).
A large raptor not too closely related to any another, that lives on a diet of large fish caught by diving into the water like a kingfisher, pelican or tern. Osprey's migrate, but seem to migrate until they find a place they like (some halfway across the world, while others hardly at all). The Eastern Osprey and smaller Western Osprey (found along Australia's rivers) where recently joined into one species.