We were there the day the two parent ospreys laid the first branch in building their nest in a dead tree with easy access. Since that day we have visited this family numerous times and were present during all phases of the breeding season. We watched patiently as they sat on their eggs and took turns bringing fish to their mate from nearby Florida Bay. Our eyes were on them shortly after the eggs hatched and two chicks could be seen with their tiny heads barely sticking up from the deep nest and we were there a few times as they grew from small feathery balls into the fledglings who appeared bigger then their overworked parents who diligently brought their catch of the day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Today was probably our last time to see them together as a family. The two chicks are now fledglings and one of them is already flying and exploring the world nearby. Mom is still feeding them but I am sure that soon they will be on their own. Near Flamingo, Florida Everglades.