Ospreys are majestic birds of prey whose sharp eyes are almost always cast upon the water--because fish make up nearly 100% of their diet.
Thus, they build nests close to the shores of oceans, lakes and estuaries--often atop objects such as telephone poles, platforms, channel markers and tree snags.
In many cases, the nests are highly visible and Meg McDonald, of Wild Northwest Beauty, recently captured extraordinary footage showing an osprey pair constructing its nest.
What's striking, besides the imagery, is the nest itself: It reveals several long strands and clumps of monofilament fishing line or netting, which represent a serious entanglement danger to the adult ospreys and their young.
To be sure, the stunning footage captured at Washington's Sprague Lake carries a powerful anti-littering message.
For good measure, though, McDonald added: "This is just one example of how human litter puts wild animals at risk. Discarded ocean fishnets kill hundreds of thousands of whales, dolphins, and porpoises each year—trapping them underwater and drowning them as they desperately thrash to escape. PLEASE DON'T LITTER!"
Photo showing ospreys building their nest is a screen grab from Meg McDonald's video
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