“Birds of a Feather” by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.
Osprey, sometimes known as the sea hawk, fish eagle, river hawk or fish hawk, is a large raptor, reaching more than 2 feet in length and 6 feet in wing span. As its other common name suggests, the osprey’s diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It possesses specialized physical characteristics and exhibits unique behavior to assist in hunting and fishing. The Broadway Park osprey nest has a live camera placed by the Necancium Watershed Council and the City of Seaside.
After a thirty-year career as an award winning biology teacher at Seaside High School, Neal Maine became the first executive director of North Coast Land Conservancy, which he co-founded in 1986. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion for nature photography through PacificLight Images, a partnership with Michael Wing, dedicated to raising awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with whom we share the region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands and forests. Their photography centers around coastal and Columbia River landscape, ecology and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems.
Neal focuses his imagery on exploring wildlife in the context of its habitat, while Michael’s specialty is capturing action images that illustrates the dynamic nature of coastal wildlife. PacificLight Images is dedicated to working with coastal communities to protect wildlife habitat and its connectivity. A percentage of all photography sales are donated to North Coast Land Conservancy to help further this goal.
Seaside ospreys by Neal Maine.
The Broadway Park osprey nest has a live camera placed by the Necancium Watershed Council and the City of Seaside.
In Clatsop County, Oregon there are about 14 osprey nests.
Watch the osprey at Seasideosprey.org.
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