One of my favorite reminders of spring is the return of the Osprey to our area. They’ve been lounging the winter away in central or south america and they’ve travelled back up the coast to set up their nests and begin their next breeding cycle.
It’s hard to believe but it was nine years ago when I first began to photographing an osprey nest in Westborough. I didn’t realize then that it would turn into a nearly seven year project, documenting their struggles to make a life on a small inland river. I’m giving a talk on this chronicle of the nest to a local bird club this week and it was great to review the photographs and remember the great time I had spent documenting this pair’s lives.
Our local Osprey have returned to Acton so the possibility of another nest just up the road (but also up 100 feet) is exciting. Almost more exciting are the persistent reports of an American Bald Eagle on our river and at a nearby pond. Could we be entering a new “raptor renaissance” here in central Massachusetts?
Photograph: from the archives (2003) – Osprey delivering a fish to its mate at the nest. Westborough, MA.