Osprey overwatch

Gary Kuhl, a local photographer who previously served as the administrator in Citrus County and the head of Swiftmud, captured this photo of an Osprey watching over her youngling in a nest in Cedar Key. Kuhl's work is displayed at the Coastal Art Gallery on Citrus Avenue in Crystal River. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, female osprey's lay one to four eggs, but usually three, in the spring in a nest made of mostly sticks. Osprey construct their nests a the tops of dead trees, atop power poles, on manmade nesting platforms, and sometimes on buoys, chimneys or other structures. The nests are most often used year after year and can become up to 10 feet high as more nesting materials are added each breeding season. Osprey typically lay eggs in April or May. The female incubates them for about a month, all the while fiercely protecting the nest with her mate. During incubation, the male with defend the nest and do the hunting, brining food back to the nest for the female.