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Osprey Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: Ospreys do breed in South Dakota, with multiple nesting sites in the Black Hills. Efforts have also been made to establish them as breeders elsewhere in the state. However, in my part of eastern South Dakota, Osprey sightings are few and far between. Occasionally I might see one in migration close to home, but that's rare. The closet location I can go where I MIGHT find an Osprey is Gavin's Point Dam along the Nebraska/South Dakota border, in the fall, when migration is underway. A mere hour and a half drive!

That is where my favorite Osprey photo is from, when a visit in October of 2007 resulted in the photo below. The Osprey was looking down into the spillway below the dam, and was pretty unconcerned about the guy on the shore with the camera.

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus 

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Osprey 1

August 23rd, 2004

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Osprey 2

August 23rd, 2004

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Osprey 3

August 23rd, 2004

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Osprey 4

August 23rd, 2004

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Osprey 5

April 19th, 2007

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Osprey 6

October 28th, 2007

Gavin's Point Dam, NE/SD Border

Osprey 7

September 29th, 2007

Gavin's Point Dam, NE/SD Border

Osprey 8

January 17th, 2010

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Osprey 9

January 17th, 2010

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Osprey 10

September 29th, 2007

Gavin's Point Dam, NE/SD Border

Osprey 11

November 1st, 2007

Gavin's Point Dam, NE/SD Border

Osprey 12

November 1st, 2007

Gavin's Point Dam, NE/SD Border

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus Osprey 14 - Pandion haliaetus  Osprey 15 - Pandion haliaetus   

Osprey 13

November 1st, 2007

Gavin's Point Dam, NE/SD Border

Osprey 14

October 25th, 2015

Wall Lake, western Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Osprey 15

October 25th, 2015

Wall Lake, western Minnehaha County, South Dakota

 

Click here for the species description page for the Osprey.


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