I have to admit that I am now obsessed with the couple that have moved in next door.
Allow me to introduce you to Esperanza and Zorro, the Osprey couple that you met just a couple of days ago.
I’ve been watching them daily, mainly Esperanza screaming for attention from Zorro, while Zorro adds to the nest and tends to Esperanza’s needs. Zorro has been a wonderful mate and has now moved in getting ready for providing room service to Esperanza while she’s expecting.
But they’re not the only Osprey on the river this year. In fact I’ve noticed more osprey than in previous years. But Ospreys are not the only ones seen on the river.
Double Crested Cormorants have been busy fishing on the river, floating downstream, the flying back up to start all over again.
Meanwhile Zorro flies high above giving his best pose. Ah these spring days on the river.
Ah..soon there will be lil ones! very appropriate name, Zorro with that stance 😉
You got it too Andy. That is so awesome. Zorro will be a great dad. I can tell already.
For sure! so much attention to the fam 🙂
Beautiful photos, Emily. I love the names you’ve given to the ospreys. 🙂
Thanks Sylvia. I’ve got osprey on the brain and can’t think of anything else. I can’t bug them too much though, they may just get too annoyed with me and leave.
You are quickly becoming one of my favorites, great shooting!!
You are so sweet Jim, thank you so much. Stay tuned for the next chapter of this lovely couple.
Way better than any realty tv!
Don’t you know it ! I read that they mate for a few weeks and eggs should be laid by the end of April. Then Esperanza will stay on the nest while Zorro brings her fish. Can’t wait!
So gorgeous and I love love loooove their names!!! Some of my favorites too, the ospreys. 😄
I’m so thrilled that they moved in, and the names seem to fit them perfectly. Wish you were here to enjoy them with me.
Where on earth did you get find those names. Z and Espe, I love the names you came up. Which one is Z? Gosh, I just love the look of the osprey with eyes and mouth with open.
The one in the front is the girl – Esperanza, the boy, Zorro is in the back. Someone saw that last photo on facebook and said “Zorro.” So Zorro it is. Esperanza was his wife in the novel. And of course you know that means hope. Esperanza was screaming in the picture for some action. 🙂
Thank you so much !
How much fun is this Emily – great catches, of which I have a feeling we’ll be seeing many more. Hopefully a couple of chicks will be following soon.
It’ll be about two months before the babies begin to hatch, so it’ll be like watching a boiled pot. Learned today that no one can disturb their nest – how awesome is that? They can stay!
Was like that in Maine also – from this point forward they’ll be the talk of the town!
Let’s hope so!
I’d be a bit obsessed with them too 🙂
So happy I’m not the only crazy one. I check on them every evening. I’ll bring an update this weekend. 🙂
Oh I’m known for it now 🙂 Like I never go anywhere without bird food!! My best friend seems to think this is an odd thing to do 😉 I shall enjoy your updates!
What a stunning couple – I look forward to watching this blossoming relationship with all possible future “developments”! 🙂
Me too Joanne ! I’m trying to hold back my curiosity and not go down too much to disturb them. I’m going to check on them this afternoon though. 🙂
I wish Zorro and Esperanza a very successful breeding season.
Me too ! So far, no eggs as they keep leaving the nest vacant. It’ll be soon though.
Yeah! They don’t look like they’re all too neighborly though. 😉 You are very fortunate to have them so close, even better you’re great with a camera.
I really like this shot, it’s like she’s yelling at you, looks pissed. And beautiful capture of the iridescence on the Cormorant. 😀
Actually they are pretty tolerant of us. I don’t go down too often so that I don’t bother them much. Esperanza usually looks annoyed. Don’t know what that’s about. All she does is sit there and scream for Zorro to take care of her. Talk about a demanding woman. An update is due that I’ll be posting tonight.
Little late I am in visits and replies but now I’m looking forward to this update from last week on this couple. I’ll bet there’s more than just one at this point. 😉
She sounds a bit needy.
I’ve lost track my dear ! However do you keep up with me? Indeed Esperanza is a bit demanding, but things have quieted down and I think she may have laid her first egg.
I run to keep up! 😉 I seem to lose track all the time. No worries.