June 29, 2012 – The Osprey Has Landed
I’ve been a soccer coach in Greensboro since 1976. Back in the day, we played games on fields that needed mowing, had rain-ruts running diagonally across the field from corner to corner, and fields where parents and players of both teams had to walk in a line across the field, picking up glass, rocks, condoms, etc.
So imagine my delight when our local association, combined with the City built the Bryan Park Soccer Complex. And it just didn’t ‘pop up’ overnight either. First there were six fields, then eleven, then six more at the ‘Annex’. Then lights were installed on four fields. That’ where the photo comes in.
On top of the light pole overlooking Field #9, an osprey (I believe) has built a nest at the top of the lights. It’s been there as long as I can remember, but never had a chance to pay much attention to it during matches. Earlier this month, the club hosted a regional tournament and I was able to spend time watching games – with my camera – and caught the osprey leaving the nest, flying to a nearby lake and returning with food for either it’s mate or young.
I don’t have a great lens for this type of long range shot, but thought it came out pretty good. I hope you enjoy.