I stopped by Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal three weeks ago to get an idea of what it’s like there in summer and to take a few photos since I was already in the area. (I’ll be posting a preview within the next month.)
I was out on the Northwest Dock and a harbor master stopped his truck next to me. I thought maybe he was going to shoo me off the dock since I’d driven out and parked temporarily at the end, but he saw I was just taking photos and said I was fine. He was very friendly and we talked a bit about the terminal when I told him I was planning a piece for my parks blog.
He asked me if I’d seen the nesting eagles yet and I immediately perked up. I said, no, where? He pointed up to the top of the nearby light pole and I literally slapped my head that I’d missed it. Let this serve as a lesson to remember to look up occasionally, or you’ll miss good stuff.
When I saw the parent return to the nest while we were talking I realized they were ospreys, not eagles, but still just as exciting to see. I expect the three chicks have fledged by now, but they’ll probably hang around the nest while they’re learning to hunt, until they head south in September.
4 thoughts on “Osprey Nest at Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle”
Interesting place for a nest! I just saw my first osprey here a few weeks ago — they are such striking birds.
Congrats on your sighting!
Amazing captures! I’m fascinated by osprey. They are such striking birds! I see them occasionally but haven’t yet been able to get a photo of one.
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That’s like me and bald eagles. I’ve seen dozens over the years. But almost every time I see one it’s when I’m driving on a busy highway or freeway, so no chance to get a photo. (Usually they’re too far away for a decent pic anyway.)