This story began for me on May 1, 2006, when this photo was taken. The location was the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Reserve, Brigantine, just north of Atlantic City on the eastern shore of New Jersey. 'Brig' as it is called, includes an eight mile long loop road that extends three miles out into the salt marsh. The road runs along a dike that encloses approximately 3 square miles of marsh and seperates it from the 'natural' world outside.

This nest was on an elevated platform (partly visible ) located in tidal conditions outside of the dike, on land that was two feet or so above high tide. The nest was perhaps 10 feet above sea level, and at about camera level, so I couldn't see into it to determine if there were eggs. It was about 100 yards from the road - as close as I could get. It appears in the picture that the female is incubating her eggs, and one can imagine that the parents-to-be are entertaining visions of a future filled with young osprey.
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