As if you weren’t going to anyway, be sure to grab handfuls of your favorite Sandpaper this week. That’s right. We’ve got a glamour Osprey cover featuring the Mighty Ben Wurst & Osprey #61. And inside is a juicy Osprey photo spread by the Sandpaper’s Master of Pix, Ryan Morrill. Click here to see the online photo spread. The Sandpaper without photos is like a Crabcake without Tartar, and Ryan slathers it on for us, each & every week. We can be sure keeping the theme fresh all Summer long each season is a serious challenge, but Ryan Morrill is a true pro and a treasure of this Island. While many of us know Ryan best for paparazzi covers exploiting innocent families on the beach, he is also a phenomenal nature photographer.
And if you think you recognize the gorgeous Osprey featured in the centerfold, you’re probably not crazy. You’ve just been following the Readings a little too closely, you stalker. Some of you might remember this adorbz, juvy Osprey from Osprey 61: The Photo You Weren’t Supposed To See.
And if that were not enough, this week’s Sandpaper also has a truly epic story about a stand up paddleboarder rescuing an Osprey wounded at Sea. The vision of surfing into shore while an Osprey grips your deck with its talons is an image you can drool about for years… except the bummer part about the wounded Osprey, who is in good care with the Mighty Don at Toms River Avian Care.
Be sure to bring your Osprey infested Sandpaper to read at the beach during this spectacular September. And if you happen to live on the North End, watch the skies for Osprey #61 who can be easily identified by his flashy new Red Band. The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ has just launched a new web page with a map showing the locations of all the Red Banded Osprey in Barnegat Bay. Check your area, and get to know your Wild Neighbors! Please click and visit the new Project Red Band page, if only to read the awesome shout-out to Readings From The Northside’s Readers.
The Sandpaper has Osprey Fever this week. And we love it. Check it out online.