Birds - William H Wiley

Nature and Wildlife Images in the Wild

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William H. Wiley


1221 Rockhurst Dr.

Lincoln, NE 68510

Osprey Chick High Above the River

Sitting in its nest about 100 feet above a river in Yellowstone National Park, this osprey chick practices wing flapping before taking its first flight. Osprey nests are a bulky mass of sticks often five feet in diameter and two to seven feet thick. They prefer nesting sites with clear visibility and an abundant food supply, eating almost exclusively live fish. Ospreys mate for life and typically live 15-20 years. Amazingly, an osprey migrates up to 160,000 miles during its lifetime.