One sure sign spring has arrived in New England, besides the mud, are the returning Osprey.
Typically the female returns to last years nest and waits for the male. Early on she will chase away all other suitors waiting for her mate.
In Connecticut we have both state and privately funded nest platforms along the shore and inlets. Most are placed far from people, but still close enough to watch.
Finding the right spot to photograph these birds is hard, but certainly rewarding when you can watch them fish, raise young, and soar over the waters and marshes.
These photos were taken from a distance, with a lens less than perfect for the job (300mm). I hope to get a closer location as the weather warms. And of course be ready with the longer lens next time.