When the osprey leave at the end of the summer I always anticipate their return 6 months later. Usually that means early March, some osprey are back and I look forward to seeing my first ones of the year.
First osprey (1/2 of pair) of the year, from March 2017:
Possibly my 2 favorite osprey photos of 2016, from out at St. Michaels on the Maryland Eastern Shore.
Male delivering a fish to a full nest:
I don't previsualize photos very often, but this is one I planned for and hoped to capture. The only thing I went to shoot on this and one other day were 2 specific osprey nests, which each had 3 chicks.
Female shading her 3 chicks on a near 100 degree day: