Sunday, February 2, 2014

Osprey Sky Dance and Courtship Calls



Amazing Male Osprey Sky Dance and courtship calls right over the backyard while the female calls very loudly on a nearby tree.The male is performing the classic "Sky Dance" and courtship calls while the female is making very loud but different sounds - perhaps giving him encouragement from the grandstand. These are actually very loud birds and have been carrying on for several weeks - one certainly knows when its time to grab the camera. This event went on for at least 10 minutes - this video is the best parts of when I had the bird in focus - some of the audio not included was even louder! I am hoping this is to be a new nesting pair and that they will build a nest in one of the living or dead long-leaf pine trees behind the backyard - perhaps in the one the female was calling from.
This was actually a very difficult video to shoot as the Osprey was nearly directly overhead -until I figured out to lay on the ground looking straight up and not zoom in too much. However, the stereo audio came out superb - crank up the volume and enjoy!

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Osprey Sky Dance and Courtship Calls

Osprey rises and stops momentarily in mid-air before making another steep dive as part of a  Sky Dance and Courtship Calling ritual