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Morning photo: Ospreys

Magnificant hawks are back for the summer

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Osprey soaring.

FRISCO — Along with the well-known osprey nest along Highway 9 in Silverthorne, the majestic hawks have also set up housekeeping at several spots along the shoreline of Dillon Reservoir, building sturdy stick nests atop fragile looking beetle-killed lodgepole pines. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Silverthorne wildlife

Moose, ospreys … oh my!

One of Silverthorne’s resident osprey flies to its nest with a big fish.

All photos by Bill Linfield

SUMMIT COUNTY — Humans aren’t the only anglers who take advantage of the Gold Medal trout fishery in the Blue River below Dillon Reservoir. For years, osprey have nested along the river, and local photographer and Silverthorne resident Bill Linfield has captured some great images, shooting with a Canon  t1i with a 70 – 200 zoom. We’re looking forward to seeing more of Bill’s work here at Summit Voice. You can also see the best of Summit Voice photography at our Flickr page. More Summit Voice photography is for sale at an Imagekind online gallery. Continue reading

VIDEO: An osprey lands a trout on the Blue River

Jenney Coberly films an osprey in action

An osprey carries a fish to safe perch. PHOTO: COLORADO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE.

By Jenney Coberly

Keep an eye out for osprey when you’re out on Dillon Reservoir, along the Blue River, or along Highway 9 near Silverthorne Elementary School, where the Division of Wildlife has erected some platforms for their nests. I was very fortunate to catch sight of an osprey diving in for a trout just as I was filming along the Blue River north of Breckenridge.

Osprey are migratory birds that winter primarily in the Caribbean. The large birds can range from 21-26 inches in length with wingspans varying from 59-67 inches. With a white head, darkly speckled crown and a conspicuous wide, dark eye-line, they are easily recognizable as they perch on trees near water.

During the 1960s, osprey nearly disappeared from Colorado due to the impacts of toxic chemicals such as DDT in the fish they ate. They were literally wiped out in other areas, but persisted in the intermountain area of Colorado, probably because the waters were not as severely impacted by pesticide runoff, according to Colorado Division of Wildlife biologists. Learn more about osprey at Audubon.

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