OSPREY PAIR on Barnegat Bay

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Yesterday I watched these recently arrived raptors comfortably settling in on top of a nesting platform erected only weeks ago under the auspices of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. The female (note darker breast coloring,) helps decorate with the sticks and twigs her mate brings over during the move-in stage, and she will eventually sit on the eggs as he guards and provides fresh fish daily.

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 In the above image, Barnegat Lighthouse is a few miles beyond.

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Note the painted aluminum “predator Guard” on the post, primarily designed to keep raccoons from climbing to the nest. 

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Osprey are persnickety, in that if unduly disturbed while selecting a breeding home, they will leave. Viewing needs to be from a respectable distance. 

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ALASKA – A Brief Retrospect of Boats and Gulls

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A few years back, as the ice from the previous winter was melting, we were fortunate to have a bird’s eye view from the deck of a Princess Cruise ship. Some of the wistful private boats and humorous sea gulls in Glacier Bay National Park, were just a sampling of one particularly memorable day.

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Cruising up Tarr Inlet, this capable motor-sailer is dwarfed by the magnificent coastal mountains.

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lies the Grand Pacific Glacier, 25 miles long and 2 miles wide at its terminus, shown here. Not seen here, but only 12 miles (19 km) WNW of the sailboat’s mast, is 18,008 ft. (5489 m.) Mount Saint Elias. Considering the proximity of sea level and the top of the mountain, the perspective is dramatic.


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Of course, powerboats also navigate the ice floes in these waters. Very small by comparison to cruise ships, both the beautiful sailboat and cruiser above looked to be in the impressive 50 ft.+ (15 m.) length.

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Supply and Demand!

Melting ice limits real estate for these gulls.

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It seems quality seafood is ALSO in demand here!

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FOOD FIGHT!

The gull in front, of course, has the morsel while a no holds (or feathers) barred scramble is on!

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