When I started hearing the regular calls of Ospreys out my home office window, I took my camera out to investigate. Turns out the neighbors have a dead palm tree, and I think the Ospreys are eyeing it for a nest. So were the crows. They took turns flying in and trying it out. I hope the Ospreys win.
Wing-flapping and grabbing at palm fronds is an important part of staking out territory for a nest. She called repeatedly to her mate, who circled nearby. He seemed to like the location.
Over the course of the afternoon, the pair returned several times. They alternated with the crows, who also called loudly every time they approached the tree. The Ospreys have bigger talons. Hopefully they will settle in, build a nice nest, and give me great shots for several months as they raise their family!