I didn’t take quite as many photos in July as I have previous years, but I think one or two of these are pretty good.
A few things – I took a lot of pictures of egrets, both snowy and great, but had zero come out. Bummer. The swans are more standoffish this year so I have fewer pictures of them.
On the plus side is the osprey. I saw the oddest thing – an adult osprey sitting on the back of a newly fledged young osprey. They were both making a racket. When I got pretty close the adult flew away, but as I was passing it came back again. Just after I passed by they both flew away. I have no clue what was going on. OK, a clue – every year I see adults beating up on newly fledged young birds. I can only guess they are trying to get the young ones to fend for themselves. usually it is a young one sitting in a tree or on a pole and the adult attacks making it fly away. (Young = gold eyes, adult = yellow eyes)
Oh, my guess is these are the same osprey I photographed earlier since it was close to the nest (Photo below from June 25, 2016).
I hope you enjoy the photos! As always, click on a photo to bring up more detail. When you bring one up you can scroll through them all. Enjoy! (All photos on or around Swan Pond/Swan River in Dennis and Dennis Post MA on Cape Cod.)