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Osprey nest on top of light pole by Carquinez Bridge in Vallejo

Three ospreys in nest on light pole by Carquinez Bridge in Vallejo, CA. Photo by Marina Chainey, Richmond, CA
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Gary:
I saw this osprey nest empty last year when I walked across the Zampa (Carquinez) bridge in Vallejo.  When I walked the bridge again a few days ago, 3 ospreys were waiting for food as mom flew around.  Looks like they are getting ready to leave the nest.

I hope you continue to inspire others about wildlife and pets during your retirement. I’ve enjoyed reading your column and will miss it.
Marina Chainey, Richmond, California
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Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Under: Ospreys | 2 Comments »

Look! Up in the sky! Is that a vulture, an eagle, a condor … or?

Golden eagle by David Harper, Oakley, CA
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Ever looked up and wondered what kind of large bird was circling around in the sky above you?

Here are some photographs of birds of prey that you might commonly see up there. Well, except for the California condor. I just threw that one in because I’m always getting e-mails from people who say they saw a condor flying around somewhere over the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve yet to ever see one or have a local sighting verified. Maybe someday if the condor recovery efforts keep improving. Meanwhile, here’s what a condor really looks like. Note, all have ID numbers on their wings. Enjoy. /Gary
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Posted on Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
Under: Condors, Golden eagles, Ospreys, Red-tailed hawk, Turkey vultures, White-tailed kite | 1 Comment »

Local wildlife: Great photos by Dave Harper of Oakley

Baby barn owls. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Just got this letter and photographs from Dave Harper of Oakley, Calif. Dave is one of our many talented local photographers who periodically e-mails me wonderful photos of local wildlife he has taken. Here are some more of Dave’s goodies. Enjoy yourself. /Gary

Gary:
I’m sending recent photos of wildlife I have seen. Thanks to my friend Thom for allowing a special photo opportunity to capture baby barn owls in one of his large hay barns.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
Under: Barn Owl, Ospreys, Owls, Wildlife, Wolves | No Comments »

Ospreys in the San Francisco Bay Area: A photo essay by Joe Oliver

Sitting osprey by Joe Oliver, Walnut Creek, CA
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The osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is a large hawk that mostly eats fish. You usually spot them hovering over local lakes and reservoirs looking for prey. When it sees a fish, the osprey will dive down into the water with a large splash as it catches the fish in its talons. It then flies away with its catch.

Joe Oliver, a wonderful photographer from Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA, has provided these beautiful photographs of ospreys for our enlightenment and enjoyment.
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Posted on Friday, August 7th, 2009
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Ospreys replace jet fighter planes at Alameda Naval Air Station

Osprey with fish by Navy ship. Photo by Erich Hayner
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Gary:
I found a great place on the Alameda Navel Air Station (now closed, but turned into a private use area with wildlife refuge status) for checking out birds.

I was following a pair of hawks that I knew and trying to find a nesting spot, when I saw in the distance a bird that looked way different than every other sea bird around. Also, the seagulls were kind of flocking/harassing it, something I look for when I’m searching for hawks and the like. It was completely by accident, then, that I found a pair of ospreys who seem to be attempting to nest at the end of a jetty at Alameda Point.
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Posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2009
Under: Ospreys | 5 Comments »