The full story with photos a bit later!!! ..... BC Hydro ... you folks are awesome!
This pair of Osprey have been nesting on this farm in N Saanich for many years... 2 tall nesting platforms were installed because the Osprey were using the short (high voltage) hydro pole and causing great problems for the farm and themselves as u might imagine.
This Spring both tall nesting platforms were occupied by Canada Geese, so the Osprey built a nest once again on the live Hydro pole.....
May 8th, BC Hydro came out to do a nest relocation and my gosh it was quite a process. The tall platform beside the pole was now unoccupied by the goose (she raised her brood and was gone) The galleries below show this process... Please click to enlarge photos.*
Below are some wider angle views of the operation!
The 3 images below were taken about 10 minutes after the BC Hydro crew drove away. The pair of Osprey first investigated the pole where the nest was... Both Mom and Dad sat atop the hydro pole and seemed to have a conference, then Dad flew up to the relocated nest on the tall platform, soon followed by Mom. When she began rearranging nesting material, my hopes brightened that the pair would accept the relocation.
I will be back to the farm this afternoon and certainly report back on what I see.
* The Ospreys were observed mating over the past 2 days, so I do expect the first egg to be laid as early as tomorrow, but certainly this week!
March 2018 .. I just received notice that my blog has been awarded a distinction of being one of the top 100 photography blogs in Canada.