Like most bloggers, we love hearing from our readers. Your funny stories always entertain; your travel tips help us discover new places. And often our interactions teach us new things.
This is one of those times.
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On a summer bike ride, I breezed by a fearless osprey perched on a fence by the trail. He sat quietly while I shot some pretty neat closeups. I wrote a post about this encounter, and a few weeks later an email from one of our readers arrived. The email said the post was interesting, and the photos good, but unfortunately, the bird was not an osprey – it was a hawk. Say what?
In my defense, I do live on an island, which by definition, is surrounded by water. And on the coast in the Southeast US, this means ospreys. I checked my trusty Peterson’s Bird Guide, but the photos didn’t provide a clear answer.
So I sought the advice of our blogging buddy, Miranda at Spend Your Days. In addition to being a very talented blogger, Miranda just happens to be a wildlife veterinarian. And bless her heart, she sent this diplomatic response:
“Beautiful close-ups of a gorgeous bird, James! But unfortunately not an osprey. No matter the age, osprey have a dark stripe of feathers adjacent to their eyes (almost like a mask), which I’m not seeing on this handsome fellow.”
You might enjoy the previous post. It’s still about ospreys, but as you now know, the photo is a hawk … oops.
Blog and learn my friends, blog and learn.
P.S. Here are a couple of photos of real ospreys by our blogging buddy and talented photographer LuAnn over at Paint Your Landscape. For more great bird photos from Honeymoon Island State Park, check out her post.