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Osprey - Seconds before she chased me off

I've watched Osprey a lot - particularly this nest (which has 2 young Osprey in it). As I approached the nest she made her usual alert call (a higher pitched squeak of sorts) that they always make when people are around. But I took a step to close, apparently, because the sound she was making suddenly became more raspy and guttural, and, frankly, disturbing. The next instant she was out of the nest, screaming, mouth open, generally pissed off, and on a line right towards me. I promptly spun around and sprinted into the trees thinking that would prevent her from tearing my jugular open with her talons or something equally horrible, like maybe pooping on me. I could hear her calling as I ran, I covered about 100 yards before I slowed down. I don't know what her intentions were when she left the nest, but there is no doubt that she was extraordinarily perturbed. I will take the lesson and make sure I don't cross that threshold again, the goal is to shoot the birds in their natural habitat and normal behaviors, not influence them.

 

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Taken on July 30, 2009