The Fish Eagles or Ospreys like to build their nests in the top branches of dead trees. Floridians have long known the opportunistic raptors will appropriate man-made structures like this one. A local supermarket put a telephone pole in their parking lot with a ready-made nest frame. It’s about 200 yards from the Gulf of Mexico.
I noticed some unwary shoppers parking under the nest, which may add some fish guts and eagle poop to their paint jobs.
I haven’t seen any chicks peeking over the edge yet, but I’ll keep checking back.
Below is a shot by photographer Steve Baranoff of an Osprey catching dinner, followed by a video of an osprey in action.