20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Osprey protecting her territory

This female Osprey would perch in the top of this top tree and watch as the male would prepare her nest for eggs. On occasion a large bird would try to claim the high spot for its own. The Osprey would engage the intruder simultaneously calling for her mate to come and assist her in protecting her territory.

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Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Sarasota, Florida, United States of America
Copyright: © Randy Heaton