Weekend Waterview: Boating, Osprey, Hot and Stormy

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #boating #lake #storm #LKN

Happy Saturday!

Here’s a weekend waterview from Lake Norman.

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #boating #lake #storm #LKN

It’s been a hot, steamy and stormy week

with the heat index in the triple digits.

Lola on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon

We did manage to find a window to boat,

avoiding the heat of the day and between thunderstorms.

Lola on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon

You know it’s hot when you’re happy it’s

a cloudy day and you can escape the sun!

Lola and Sophie on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon

We always enjoy checking on the Osprey nesting on the lake.

Sophie watching Osprey Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #osprey #LKN #boatingwithdogs

Osprey winter in Central and South America and return to the same nest each year

around the beginning of March.

Osprey Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #osprey #LKN

They can log more than 160,000 migration miles during their 15-to-20-year lifetime.

Osprey Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #osprey #LKN

They build their nests on man made structures . . .channel markers, power poles, nest platforms

designed especially for nesting, dock roofs and occasionally a boat.

Osprey Lake Norman channel marker | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #osprey #LKN

The male osprey usually fetches most of the nesting material, sometimes breaking dead sticks off nearby trees

while the female arranges the nest. The female osprey does most of the incubation,

relieved by the male when she leaves the nest to feed.

The young remain in the nest for about 8 weeks after hatching.

After migrating in the fall, the young remain south on the wintering grounds until 2 years old.

Ospreys begin breeding at about 3 years of age.

Osprey Lake Norman channel marker | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #osprey #LKN

Ospreys possess a reversible outer toe that allows them to grasp with two toes in front and two behind.

Barbed pads on the soles of the birds’ feet help them grip slippery fish.

Osprey with fish Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #osprey #LKN

 When flying with prey, an Osprey lines up its catch head first for less wind resistance.

Osprey with fish Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #osprey #LKN

 Studies show Ospreys caught fish on at least 1 in every 4 dives,

with success rates sometimes as high as 70 percent.

The average time they spent hunting before making a catch was about 12 minutes.

Osprey Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #osprey #LKN

Can you imagine seeing that coming for you?


Osprey Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #osprey #LKN

Once on the endangered list, the Osprey population is slowly making a comeback

after the ban of the insecticide DDT in 1971.

Osprey Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #osprey #LKN

In the US, Osprey are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and moving

an Osprey nest violates federal and state laws, although state laws vary.

Photographing Osprey | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #osprey #LKN

I wasn’t the only one out with my camera to photograph Osprey.

These guys showed up with their National Geographic lenses. :)

Osprey in flight | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #osprey #LKN

We spied this mama duck with her ducklings in tow. . .

Mallard with baby ducklings | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #ducks

So cute paddling as fast as they can to keep up!

Unlike Osprey, there is no ‘Mr. Mallard’ to help ‘Mama’ with her brood.

Barge transporting dock debris on lake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake

We ran across a barge that looks like it was transporting some dock debris. . .

Pontoon towing boat on lake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #pontoon

And boat being towed.

We’ve been both a ‘tow-er’ and a ‘tow-ee’,

we’d much rather do the towing.

Sophie napping on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon

Sophie does her best napping on the boat, despite the heat. . .

Lola on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon

Lola moves around a lot. . .

Lola on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon

Especially that tail blowing in the breeze.

Lola and Sophie on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon

Sister love 🐾🐾

Sophie's paw | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #boatingwithdogs #lake

Lola and Sophie on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon

Lola and Sophie are both happy that to have some relief from the heat with

lower humidity and cooler temperatures this weekend.

Lola and Sophie on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon

Mallard with ducklings | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #boatingwithdogs #lake #ducks

Hope you’re staying cool and your weekend is ‘just ducky’ :) ♥

Weekend Waterview Osprey Storms Ducks Boating | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise #lake #pontoon #osprey

Thank you for your visit!

  25 comments for “Weekend Waterview: Boating, Osprey, Hot and Stormy

  1. Michelle
    June 18, 2022 at 8:10 am

    Awesome pictures!

  2. CC
    June 18, 2022 at 8:34 am

    thank you for the awesome lake tour that i so enjoyed with my morning coffee!!

  3. June 18, 2022 at 8:44 am

    Wonderful pictures.

  4. Melody
    June 18, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Beautiful photographs and I learned something about Osprey. Thanks!

  5. June 18, 2022 at 9:09 am

    I so enjoyed my boat ride this morning. The heat and humidity have been brutal. We have a small break this weekend. Mary, the osprey photos are excellent. I am so glad they are slowly coming back. We have bald eagles that regularly fly over us since we are near the river. They are beautiful to behold! Happy Saturday!

  6. June 18, 2022 at 9:09 am

    It’s been hot, steamy and stormy at both my houses too Mary 😅 I really enjoyed reading about osprey, we have one that is nesting in the top of my neighbors palm tree~ I watch it fly into the nest and can hear the babies, but you can’t see anything because of all the palm fronds. I often see one flying by with it’s catch of the day and they love to sit on top of the pier pilings while eating their dinner. Such beautiful birds and fascinating to watch. Sophie and Lola are so cute on their boat rides, I hope you get some cool lake breezes this week!

  7. Marja Carew
    June 18, 2022 at 9:21 am

    I love all your beautiful pictures! The Ospreys are interesting birds to watch. I loved your cloud pictures.

  8. Hetty
    June 18, 2022 at 9:30 am

    I’m ready to move!

    • Betsy
      June 18, 2022 at 10:35 am

      I feel a bit lazy after reading about the migratory patterns of the Osprey! That’s a lot of miles to log annually, but who wouldn’t want to spend half the year living on your beautiful lake? Your lake supports a great variety of animals and your photos never disappoint!

      We have a pair of Mourning Doves that nest in our yard each year. Mrs. Mourning Dove and I have great conversations each morning as I refill the bird bath and tend to the garden. Our resident Woodpecker finally returned yesterday after learning the hard way last year that our new roof was steel (ouch!).

      Enjoy a thunderstorm for me; definitely one of the things I miss most about east coast summers!

  9. Kathy M.
    June 18, 2022 at 9:48 am

    What a lovely post. Pictures were incredible.Saw our Osprey fly over last evening after the storm with a good size fish to feed the offspring.
    It was so nice to wake up to temps in the 60’s with low humidity and no storms predicted. We have been lucky to have no damage or outages. A daylily we hybridized and named Summer Soltice is in bloom. this morning. Right on time for summers start this week.Despite the heat the gardens are beautiful. My Vitex and Annabelle Hydrangeas are competing for focal point and the lilies continue to put on a show.
    Enjoy this weekend and thankyou Mary as always for all the joy you bring to your readers.

  10. June 18, 2022 at 9:53 am

    You are a wonderful photographer. You should publish a book of your lake views. I am visiting Texas where the temperatures every day have been over 100 degrees. Thank goodness for air conditioning.

  11. June 18, 2022 at 10:20 am

    We have a 44ft sailboat that we’ve sailed to many places in the world! My husband never fails to help a sailor or motorboat person in need for he feels like every time you tow someone in, you’ll always have the favor returned!!!!
    And he’s dying after I showed him the osprey nesting on top of that boat!!! We’ve had some perch on top of our mast and it is DREADFUL!!!

  12. Theresa Keller
    June 18, 2022 at 10:21 am

    Beautiful post Mary, enjoy your weekend!!

  13. June 18, 2022 at 10:29 am

    Beautiful photos. The Osprey are amazing. Love seeing the mama mallard with her babies. Lola and Sophie look quite content.
    Happy weekend. Jain and I plus Scott are getting pedis on Monday.

    • Clara
      June 18, 2022 at 10:05 pm

      Mary, Wonderful pics! The ducks and osprey are always fun to observe. Mama ducks have such a challenging time keeping their brood in line. It’s been terribly hot, humid and dry here. You feel as though you’re breathing soup when you step outside. Lola and Sophie look like they’re enjoying the boat ride. We hope to have a less humid Sunday then back to roasting on Monday! Enjoy your Sunday! Stay cool. Clara❤️

  14. Rita C.
    June 18, 2022 at 11:52 am

    Fun and informative! Our week was unbearably hot too, and stormy, but today is definitely ducky!! Winds from the north at 10mph have made up for the humidity this past week. Lola and Sophie have it made in the 😎. Life is good, enjoy your weekend.

  15. June 18, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    Mary, I enjoy your water view posts. I learned much about the Osprey here. Thank you. Beautiful birds.
    I’m ! Enjoy the weekend.

  16. Lisa B.
    June 18, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    WOW – your photographs are stunning. I so love your blog. Thank you for sharing beautiful Lake Norman with us.

  17. June 19, 2022 at 4:49 am

    Hi Mary! As you know I adore your Lola and Sophie pics! Do they like to swim to cool off? We have had the opposite problem here in NY…It was 48 last night! Highs in the 60’s!

  18. June 19, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    I liked learning about the osprey, Mary. Those ducks are so cute, but the “sister love” made me smile! It’s been so hot here, and I think it’s going to be a long, hot 🥵 summer. I had one of my grand dogs here this past week, but now she’s back home.

  19. Cyndi Raines
    June 19, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    The girls are precious little sailors! The information on the Osprey was very informative, glad they are making a comeback. Hope the weather cools off a bit for you. Thanks for the boat ride!

  20. Lynda
    June 20, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    The Osprey’s are so beautiful! We have them up here in Maryland on our Chesapeake Bay. All your lake photos are so nice. The dogs are so cute and love seeing them dressed up in their festive finery.

  21. June 20, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    You are like the nature channel, really enjoyed all your narrative and photos! we hit 100 tomorrow, not looking forward to this week since we lack the boating life… Saw a day lily that instantly made me think of you, lake Norman sunset 😊

    June 20, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Such a beautiful post, Mary! Your pictures are gorgeous! Sophie and Lola always make me smile. They are so cute!

    We have the osprey and bald eagles at our home by the lake and we sure enjoy watching them. Our electric company built nesting perches on the hydro poles for the osprey so that they don’t use the hydro lines. Our bald eagles nest in our tall pine trees. They are such beautiful birds. It is amazing to watch them dive for a fish.

    We also have wood ducks that nest in our yard. My hubby built 2 nests for them many years ago. Last summer was the first year that we were lucky to see them vacate their nest. The “mom” goes out first and sits on the grass and calls them and, one by one, they literally fall out of their house and land on the grass. When they are all out, “mom” keeps calling them and they all follow her down our grassy bank to the water and off they swim. We just loved to see this. There were 10 of them!

    Then, we have the Canada Geese who nest along our shore and come up on our grass to sun themselves during the day — and leave a bit of a mess!

    We also have bears, coyotes, foxes and deer come to visit us! So, we absolutely love seeing them all! We love our life at the lake — except in winter — and then we spend 6 months on South Padre Island, Texas, and watch the sea birds there.

    Have a great week, Mary! Enjoy your boat!

  23. Sami's Aunt Nancy
    June 28, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    You captured fantastic photos of the ospreys and provided such interesting information about them. Thanks for sharing that.
    And Lola and Sophie – oh my gosh, they are just so beautiful. I love seeing Lola stretched out on the boat seat. She’s a sturdy girl! They’re both so sweet.

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