When I closely looked at the photos on my computer, I noticed a fishing line dangling from the Osprey's left wing. The next few days I watched the Osprey and the line was still present. It was likely that a hook was hung somewhere under the osprey's wing. I wondered if this Osprey would die from infection. If you look closely below, you can see it.
Four months later in January, I went to Lemon Bay for a few days and noticed an Osprey hanging around like the one in October. I wondered if it was the same Osprey that I photographed with the line dangling from it's wing. To determine if it was the same Osprey, I looked at the feather pattern on the birds chest to compared. If you look at the area that I circled above, you see a distinguishing feather.
This January Osprey didn't have the fishing line hanging down and he would catch fish and eat them on the same tree and pole. If you look below, you will see the same distinguished feather.
I'm pretty sure these two photos are of the same Osprey, which means he must have removed the fish hook. I guess you would say that this is one tough old bird..... In fact, I placed an Osprey on my Manasota Key map. Float over to my website, LeoLakes.com to see more of my maps. Folks are discovering that these decor maps are wonderfully unique gifts that become family heirlooms.
"As I look over this beloved waterscape, The most amazing scenes appear in its wake, The sun arises above the shore, Giving grace and beauty to this place that I adore."