Friday, September 11, 2009

Electric/ Photo Hunter

Osprey nest on platform above electric wires

This week's Photo Hunter challenge: electric

Across central Ontario, ospreys often build nests atop tall pines close to shallow water alive with fish. But in many otherwise perfect nesting areas, tall pines have been cut down to create shorelines and to build cottages and houses.

So ospreys have learned to build nests on top of hydro poles (a.k.a. telephone poles). As you would expect, this exposes the birds to live wires, which can electrocute ospreys and cause power outages and fires.

To the rescue - Ontario’s main electric company – Hydro One! In popular osprey nesting areas, the company builds plywood nesting platforms above the wires.


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30 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

Good shot. The county has done the same here. I hope that guy adds a few more branches to the nest. MB

kaye said...

I don't think anyone will be able to top that. nice shot.

Cezar and Léia said...

wow Your country is really well organise, I have never seen it before!
Cool idea!
Léia

Carver said...

What a great idea. Love the shot of the Osprey.

Jacob said...

This is so neat. The osprey do the same thing in Florida...in fact, along US 1 going from Miami to Key Largo, almost all the poles in a certain section have either osprey or eagle nests!

Dagrun said...

What a great idea! Great shot.

Have a very nice week end.:)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

How neat, EG, that they build nesting platforms for the Ospreys...

Thanks for a great post.
Hugs,
Betsy

Jan said...

That was my first question, who builds the platform! Great photo and info. Love this shot.

George said...

I think it's wonderful that the company built these nesting platforms. I doubt that it costs all that much and it definitely does help the osspreys. Thanks for a great picture.

Photo Cache said...

Cheers to the electric company guys who provided these ospreys with no-cost housing.

Enjoy the weekend.

Becky and Gary said...

Very good on the Electric Company's part. We don't see many Ospreys here.
B.

YTSL said...

What an amazing photo! Thanks for sharing. :)

PERBS said...

We have platforms built in the Columbia River for them!

That is a wonderful idea that company had to build them above the electic wires. . . great shot!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

What an amazing shot !! I loved this completely !! Great..Unseen Rajasthan

A. of A Changing Life said...

How wonderful! Big companies can have a heart after all. Great shot. :)

jams o donnell said...

Wow I wish we had birds like that nesting in East London. I would ahve to go several hundred mils to see one. Great take on the theme

Hootin' Anni said...

That is one amazing photo!!

My Electric photos are HERE

Have a wonderful Saturday.

Greyscale Territory said...

What a clever idea! Good on Hydro One! I have never seen this before! Wonderful photo!

gengen said...

That is cool! Nice shot my friend..happy hunting and weekend.

Anna said...

Good to combine "electric" and "nature" - bird life!

JOE TODD said...

Is it electric or hydro in Canada or both. Love your photos and country

TAB said...

That is so interesting. How wonderful that the electric co. made it so that the osprey's could safely build nests.

Jama said...

Great idea !

Rose said...

Oh, that is so wonderful that they do that...it saves so much trouble for everyone. But best of all, it saves the ospreys!

Annie said...

Awesome shot! It makes me happy that they did that to protect the birds. Thanks for sharing this!

Wren said...

What a great idea - and a win-win solution.

Mrs Mecomber said...

I have never seen such a thing-- what a great idea!!

My Photo Hunters is up. I hope you have time to visit mine! New York Traveler.net

Happy weekend!

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

That's a great idea! I like it when nature and business are not opponents.

upto6only said...

nice. but im scared of the bird

Susanne said...

What a great picture!

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