Bird on a Wire~

Ospreys aren’t usually avid people watchers.

But this guy was!

He couldn’t hide his cross-eyed curiosity about the strange human looking up at him.

Eventually, he resumed more raptor-like disdain,

and went about the serious business of people ignoral.

He focused on anything but the nosy photographer.

Finally, my presence outlived his patience,

and off he flew in a rapturous huff!

Cheers to you from the people-watching osprey~

252 thoughts on “Bird on a Wire~

  1. Cindy Wow! Such a stately bird. I didn’t know ospreys looked that way. He’s kind of a cross between and eagle and hawk, but also has his own unique features. Very beautiful. I’m amazed, what wonderful photos.

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    • Clever question, red pants. See:
      “Distinguishing color is important; even for raptors. Like us, all diurnal birds see in color, because the cones (color detecting cells) that give them such keen eye-sight also allow them to see colors. What role does color play for a raptor? Most importantly, colors allow them to differentiate prey from background, and subtle color shadings increase the probability of prey capture. This is so important that, while humans have three sets of cones, most birds have four sets of cones with one additional set beyond the blue range. Color is also important in reproduction, as nestlings often display brightly colored mouths so that it is easy for parents to feed them.”

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  2. If it were not for your magic eye, we could not enjoy these incredible photos. I do not know if the birds are impressive or are your photos that make her look like that.

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  3. what a cutie! I always wonder what animals think when we stare at us……..do they think the same thing when we stare at other people???? or are they thinking meals…like to cook or grill or marinate…with or without a side dish….. ???????

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