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Old Apr 12, 2007, 4:45 PM   #1
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OspreyLand-Just flying around-BIGMA

I think the Osprey like me were enjoying the nice day. About 65 degrees blue skies with a few patchy clouds and almost no wind.

Looks so serious



Just cruising



Coasting along



Enough of this play crap its time to get to work



Day dreaming rather than working




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Old Apr 12, 2007, 5:18 PM   #2
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Excellent captures, almost like they pose for you Roger! Osprey are one of my fav's.
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Old Apr 12, 2007, 5:36 PM   #3
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Excellent captures, almost like they pose for you Roger! Osprey are one of my fav's.
I hae two favorites: Osprey and my friend Woody the woodpecker. Thanks for the nice comment and for looking.

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you sure get some great osprey shots, Roger! i wish they were more common around here, but i rarely see them in flight, and then seldom closer than 75-100 yards or so...
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Roger what set up are you using, and how close are you to get these great shots?
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Old Apr 12, 2007, 6:30 PM   #6
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you sure get some great osprey shots, Roger! i wish they were more common around here, but i rarely see them in flight, and then seldom closer than 75-100 yards or so...
We are pretty lucky down here there are numerous pairs that spend the summers here. Thanks for the nice comment and for looking.

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Old Apr 12, 2007, 9:17 PM   #7
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Roger what set up are you using, and how close are you to get these great shots?
Most of these were done the same way.

Camera: K10D with a Sigma 50 - 500mm lens. I use what ever is available to help steady the camera such as limb, rock, fence post or etc. I keep my camera on burst mode, and my RDS is always on the camera. My camera is always on P mode.

My set up: I spend a lot of time watching animals and in the case of Osprey I watch to see which way the wind is blowing because they will use the wind to help them. An example is it is easier for them to land going against the wind, they will fish in bays that are protected against the wind. Keeping in mind the wind and their favorite stopping places I try to ambush them. I pick a spot that they more than likely will be going by or maybe stopping at and hide and wait. If I am trying to get them to look at me I use a crow wildlife call.

How close: Sorry I am not much good at distance but I pretty much never use less than 200mm and most of the time around 300 to 350 mm. If I have picked the wrong place and they are not as close as I expected, I go to 500mm.

Tomorrow my newest piece of equipment will arrive ( BushHawk shoulder mount ) It will make using the camera very similar to using a rifle or shotgun. I expect this will increase my keepers at least 30%. I will let you all know how it works out.

I hope this information can help you out.

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Thanks Roger, some good info to add for me.
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Old Apr 13, 2007, 10:07 AM   #9
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Thanks Roger, some good info to add for me.
Morning Cool Breeze, I am not saying my way is the right way, what I am saying is this is what works for me. If you are fairly new to hunting wildlife the most important thing is "PATIENCE" IMHO. What I tell folks is Sitting under a tree for a couple of hours can and should be a wonderful experience by itself and if you get lucky and get a photo or two that is just a bonus.

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What I tell folks is Sitting under a tree for a couple of hours can and should be a wonderful experience by itself and if you get lucky and get a photo or two that is just a bonus.
What a wise thing to say, Roger. Very wise indeed.
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