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You’ve been standing still for far too long with your feet in one spot … turning the same possibilities over and over again in your head. The days aren’t getting any longer and you’re not getting any younger.

The time has come for you to spread your wings.  Others may not approve and may even scowl at your need to do what moves you.  

Don’t let yourself be distracted by their expectations.  Be brave enough to ask yourself what expections you hold for your own life.   Be prepared for the unexpected.  

Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered — either by themselves or by others.
~ Mark Twain

You may have felt the need for some time to stand on the rock and show the whole marsh world who you are.

I’m no angel, but I’ve spread my wings a bit.
~ Mae West

On the other hand, your wing-spreading may be spurred by a growing desire to explore and employ your talents.  How better than by using them could you express gratitude and praise to the One who gave them to you?

Fear not.  Don’t get rattled by the sound of the wind blowing through your feathers as you begin to spread them.  If you dare, others may even take your lead and follow with a little wing-spreading of their own. 

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another.  It is the only means.
~ Albert Einstein

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osprey in nest2

Ospreys are nesting once again this year at the entrance to MacDonald’s Beach near Eastern Passage.  Nova Scotia’s provincial bird is found on all continents except Antarctica and its appearance remains the same, regardless of its home. It often nests near fresh lakes and rivers. Fresh fish make up 99% of its diet.

osprey nest at entrance to macdonalds beach

With a wingspan of between 4.5 and 6 feet, Ospreys are attractive raptors, and are often mistaken for eagles. Locally, they are frequently seen hunting along the salt marsh and Rainbow Haven Beach. They are remarkable for their ability to hover in the air and then plummet into the water at high speeds that can reach up to 80 mph during a dive. With talons that have two claws facing forward and two facing back, adults are able to grab hold of fish that are equal to them in size, sometimes diving 3 feet underwater to reach their prey.

osprey2Ospreys can live for up to 30 years in the wild.  They usually mate for life and will often return to their original nest year after year, rebuilding it as needed.  These nests can be up to 5 feet wide and 3 feet deep.

Two to three eggs are usually laid in a year.  The young hatch one at a time and are constantly watched by at least one of the parents.  The older, stronger chicks are fed first and will sometimes throw younger siblings out of the nest if food is scarce.

In the fall, Ospreys migrate to warmer climates in Central and South America.

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