Osprey vs. Gull – Another Round in a Constant Battle

One morning I was photographing terns and Laughing Gulls on the creek side of Red River Beach.

It was one of those quiet mornings, just me and the birds.


When all of a sudden I heard a loud ruckus in the air overhead.

Tipping my camera skyward, I wondered if I could catch a glimpse of what it was.

Aha! A young osprey, his talons clutching a fresh catch, streaked across the sky above me…


With a Black-backed Gull, in hot pursuit!

They made a few passes, screaming challenges back and forth.

Until I heard the fish fall with a great plop! in the grass.

The osprey flew off, all was quiet.

And guess who won?


Proud of his spoils yet aware of other competitors nearby, the gull quickly disposed of it, head first.

With supreme satisfaction.


And so ended another chapter in the eternal battle between these two great Fishing Kings with the Gull, the victor.

This time.   😉

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Shellfishing Prohibited at Mill Landing

I caught this guy red-handed down at the Mill the other day.


Boy, he sure looked guilty as all get-out, clutching a big juicy fish with his left talon.


Yet he insisted…


As he flew away, with feathers ruffled, that he was only “fishing”…

Not “shellfishing”!


And you know, he was right!!   😉

Osprey Magic

There is nothing halfway about Ospreys.


Their intensity, their bonds, their passion… inspire me.

Working on the photo album for this season, so many more amazing images to come soon!  😉

The Inspiration of Ospreys

Seeing a family of Osprey chicks learn, one by one, how to fly has been one of the most amazing life experiences.

What that must FEEL like.

To suddenly lift up, to become airborne…


I find the whole process incredibly moving, and very inspiring.


And I thank these majestic wild birds, for that.   ❤

It’s All About the WINGS!

For weeks now at the local Osprey nest, it’s been all about…


The WINGS!!!

What a fascinating process, watching the osprey chicks slowly begin to learn just what those WINGS are for!

(Lots more photos to come!)