This osprey was photographed at the Rare Slit Barn on March 23rd, the earliest date an osprey has been spotted in Waterloo Region. All photos are of the Rare pair of osprey (www.raresites.org) unless noted otherwise...
The male is adding to the nest.
The Rare pair, just before the female started nesting.
Victoria Street's pair. This pair will have to deal with bridge repairs during their entire stay.
The nest at Schmidt Park on Old King. Oh, wait, that's a goose, not an osprey!
This nest across the river from the original nest may be in use; I caught a glimpse of an osprey as I pulled into Schmidt Park.
The Fountain Street Bridge pair, neighbours of Rare's osprey.
The Rare osprey tower, with the Grand River on the right.
The female is the white head popping out of the nest box. She is only meters away from the construction on Victoria Street.
One of the Rare pair's favourite perching trees, just off of the Cambridge City Trail that runs through Rare.
The male is delivering lunch to his mate on May 3...
And taking off to let her eat in peace!
There are some similarities between osprey and eagles, but an obvious difference is the osprey's white belly and dark eye band.
Adult bald eagles like this one on the Grand River at Brantford, have yellow beaks, dark bellies, and of course, a white head and tail.