I first saw the osprey en route to my parents’ house in Central Florida. She had a pretty sweet set-up: an inlet to a small lake for fish; a gigantic nest; and a tall, dead tree near both the nest and the lake where she could perch.
I had my camera with me, and while my mother stopped at a convenience store to get gas, I crossed the street to see if I could get some pictures of the bird.
She began to call as soon as I finished crossing the street. Ospreys have a very loud, whiny, piercing call. I hoped to get a little closer than where I was, but I got too close and scared her. She flew off the nest, did a circuit around the area, then flew up to her perch to land.
She began to give warning calls, so I decided that I would try to get some pics at a different angle but without getting much closer to her.
I really didn’t want the osprey to feel unsafe and like she had to fly again, so I backed off and let her return to her bad-ass osprey life.