During the summer of 1902, at the age of 66, Homer visited Canada1 where he executed this and other watercolors. Although the traditional title of the drawing is The Eagles Nest, the birds are not eagles but rather ospreys, sometimes called fish-hawks, smaller than eagles and with different coloration.2 The drawing is another of Homer’s many late watercolors representing the manly outdoor life.
1. Gardner, Winslow Homer (1961), p. 242.
2. Identified by Miss Mary Heimerdinger, Research Assistant, Bird Division, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University.
—Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, Standish D. Lawder, and Charles W. Talbot, Jr., Drawings from the Clark Art Institute, 2 vols. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1964), 1:146, no. 351.