It was the shape of the tree that caught my eye, reminding me of a carved finial. The Osprey nest that looks like a straw hat was secondary. It was early and not much light, but there is an Osprey in the nest, the white on its head visible close to the tree trunk.
Two Black Vultures were hanging around on the ground at the end of the dike along the big pond at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area on Saturday. They were oddly indifferent to human presence, just flying up into an oak tree as I got closer.
It had been a cold morning, just down to freezing, and they both seemed content in the sun as the day warmed up.
This one actually hunkered down on a branch, as if to stay awhile.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 27, 2021