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Old May 18, 2014, 11:45 PM   #1
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Default first osprey of the year (5 images)

went to visit an osprey nest near just across town this afternoon. the osprey are definitely there, but no young ones in evidence yet. one adult - presumably mom - was sitting in the nest, probably sitting on eggs, waiting for her mate to return. i watched for about 4 hours before the other adult returned, with no fish. mom was apparently disgusted at hubby's poor fishing skills... she immediately left and went to roost and preen on a piling in the river. she did leave the nest briefly before her mate returned, just long enough for a quick soar across the river and back... the equivalent of getting up to stretch her legs, i suppose. i got several shots of her departing and returning to the nest. by the time the other adult returned, the light was gone, and although i did get some shots, they're not worth much...

the first two are full-frame, no crops, 400mm, from about 25 yards away.

coming back to the nest - these were shot at 135mm to make sure i got the nest and the bird all in the frame, then and cropped about 50% for composition...


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Old May 19, 2014, 12:17 PM   #2
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Good sequencing series with very sharp images!
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Great post to catch the fishes in the future
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