Driving through the Castle Hills subdivision on Sunday afternoon, I spotted an unusual looking bird circling over the waters of Bright Lake. I was surprised when I finally recognized the bird as an Osprey. To date, I have only ever observed these birds over larger bodies of water like the Trinity River or one of the area’s reservoirs.

Osprey - Over Castle Hills

Osprey - Over Castle Hills

But, this Osprey—a bird that is also known as a fish eagle—was doing just fine working the air over this small neighborhood lake. He was tracing out patterns in the air, obviously scouting for prey and an opportune moment.

Osprey - Over Castle Hills

Osprey - Over Castle Hills

Eventually, the Opsrey settled on harassing a small group of Ring-billed Gulls congregating around one of the lakes decorative boardwalks. The Osprey dove out of the sky and crashed into the midst of the gulls, but he came away empty-handed.

Osprey - Over Castle Hills

Now it was the gulls’ turn. Their ire had been raised by the Osprey’s unwelcome intrusion, and the gulls were fighting mad. A group of the white birds gave chase to the larger Osprey and succeeded in driving him away.

Osprey - Over Castle Hills

Osprey - Over Castle Hills

But, the Osprey was not convinced. As soon as the gulls broke off their chase, the Osprey winged over and began heading back toward the lake. The gulls immediately re-engaged, and finally drove the big predator away for good.

Osprey - Over Castle Hills

Osprey - Over Castle Hills

Osprey - Over Castle Hills

Observation Details

County Denton
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City Lewisville
Date Jan 13, 2013
Time of Day Afternoon
Temperature Cold (less than 50°F/10°C)
Weather Clear
Habitat Residential-Single Family
Type of Behavior Hunting
Gender Uncertain
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Osprey Observation Location