Osprey (f) -- Pandion haliaetus, in Collier County, FL, with a poem by Ogden Nash:
'Bird watchers top my honors list.
I aimed to be one, but I missed.
Since I’m both myopic and astigmatic,
My aim turned out to be erratic,
And I, bespectacled and binocular,
Exposed myself to comment jocular.
We don’t need too much birdlore, do we,
To tell a flamingo from a towhee;
Yet I cannot, and never will,
Unless the silly birds stand still.
And there’s no enlightenment in a tour
Of ornithological literature.
Is yon strange creature a common chickadee,
Or a migrant alouette from Picardy?
You can rush to consult your Nature guide
And inspect the gallery inside,
But a bird in the open never looks
Like its picture in the birdie books-
Or if it once did, it has changed its plumage,
And plunges you back into ignorant gloomage.
That is why I sit here growing old by inches,
Watching a clock instead of finches,
But I sometimes visualize in my gin
The Audubon that I audubin.' ~ "You Can't Get There From Here" by Ogden Nash
'He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.' ~ Alfred Tennyson, "The Eagle", 1851.
“I am continually struck by how much beauty and vitality the world still holds…” ~ Carl Safina, "Song of the Blue Ocean", 1997.
Gulf catch looks like a jackfish.
a knuckle-drag at sunset cleans the fishhooks
Young male constructs a new nest.
‘Love is enough, though the world be a-waning.’ ~ William Morris, “Love is Enough”
Mother and three-day old chick. Osprey may return to the same nest site for years.
Nesting atop a Norfolk Island Pine -- Auraucaria heterophylla.
Lake Okeechobee offers bass fishing.
freshwater catch includes Tilapia
this gulf catch is Sheepshead Porgy
near the end of yet another good tail...