There was an occupied nesting platform near the beginning of the wildlife loop (to the left – labeled Little Blackwater River on the map). There was a bird on the nest on both days we drove the loop. Since we knew the nest was there and we were using the car as our blind, my husband and I had already positioned ourselves on the left side of the car with camera supports on the doors on the second day; his was a metal frame that the camera mounted on and mine was a neck pillow turned downward over the door frame…enough for my smaller camera (it was an experiment and worked…good to know for when I travel…yet another reason to take a neck pillow along).There were osprey vocalizations almost immediately and then the male swopped in and there was mating action on the nest. It was a good thing we were already prepares for photography! The whole sequence below took place in about a minute.
The male flew off to a snag further along the wild life loop afterwards.
Further along the loop there was an osprey on a post closer to the wildlife loop – an opportunity to get some bird portrait shots.
We took the turn off onto the part of the loop that goes by Pools 5a-c…and there was another osprey nesting pair! These two seemed to be doing a bit of nest rearranging and watching the skies for danger. It was a very windy day – ruffled feathers.
This part of the drive exits near the Tubman Visitor Center.
Overall – osprey were the dramatic stars for the Blackwater Wildlife Loop!