Friday, March 12, 2010

Malheur Osprey

Osprey and his fish snack, Malheur NWR (middle of nowhere, Oregon) summer 2008. The weather has been pretty blah this week and picture takin' has not been at it's best. The wind today was almost painful, birds were having a pretty rough time flying and whitecaps were breaking where they shouldn't be.
Remembered I had this guy when I was organizing photos recently. If I remember correctly, we saw quite a few ospreys in a really short distance. This guy was kinda enough to not flush while he thought about eating his fish. This was still when I had the crappy filter on the 500 lens. It took a LOT of the sharpness out of the photos. We hadn't had the camera or lens for too long at that point, and were more or less elated when we figured out that taking the filter off did wonders :) Shadow Shot (fish snack shadow!), Camera Critters, Bird Photography Weekly

30 comments:

Woody said...

Wow! The second shot is pretty cool - it's like he's talking to you with his eyes.

Willard said...

They are interesting birds and this was a good encounter. They are quite shy in our area, and I have only gotten close enough on one occasion for good stills with a 500mmF4. I did get some in Yellowstone in 2008, but a 100-400 was my biggest lens and I needed the 500 with 1.4x or 2x extender.

I like your blog a lot, and hope to return often.

Matty said...

Very crisp and clear pictures. I like the look in his eyes, and I'm glad you pointed out the food in his mouth.

Piyush said...

Great shots!

holdingmoments said...

Love the eye contact in the second Jill. A magnificent bird.

Mama Zen said...

These are marvelous!

Dan said...

Fantastic pics - I love the last one!
Dan
-x-

Diane AZ said...

Wow, I've never seen an osprey, I love the mask! Great pictures.

Stephanie V said...

We've never gotten this close to our ospreys - even with the zoom lens. Great shots.

Clytie said...

Beautiful shots!

Anna said...

I love these. He's gorgeous.

jason said...

Gorgeous! We tend to only see them when they pass through on migration, so I'm always happy to enjoy them vicariously through those who get more than passing views.

siromade08 said...

Beautiful pics, he is camera friendsly on the second photo, nice shots.

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous shots!

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Lindz said...

that's awesome

eileeninmd said...

Awesome shots of the Osprey!

Greyscale Territory said...

Lovely detailed shadow on the post and the look in that osprey's eye is quite intense!

Joops said...

It seems that he love to be photographed!


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Valerie @ Intelligent Expressions said...

What a beautiful creature! Nice captures.

Carol said...

Great shots! What a gorgeous bird!

Martha Z said...

He's great, Jill, especially that full face shot. It gives him personality.

Carolyn Ford said...

I love the second shot! His face is so fluffy and cute...wonderful shots, Jill!

Rambling Woods said...

wow...great captures..i love birds of prey..

Oskar said...

That's a beautiful looking bird!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Great shots, I love the second shot where he looks like he is having a bad hair day.

MaineBirder said...

Awesome images of the Osprey! I can't wait until they return to Maine late in April.

Lana Gramlich said...

Wonderful shots. Thanks for sharing!

Larry said...

Super shots of the Osprey Jill! I am fortunate to have them nearby on the Sacramento River but still haven't been able to get a good shot of them fishing. Maybe this year.

The great thing about photographing Osprey is that once they start nesting it's over a month of incubation and then two months before the young fledge.

You would think this would give folks enough time to get some good Osprey photos if there are nesting pairs in the area right?

I love the second photo you've captured with the bird looking right at you. Beautiful!

gwendolen said...

Beautiful portraits. I love the second one too. Well done.

Johnny Nutcase said...

Thanks, all! Ospreys are pretty neat birds. I saw one today (no pic though) and a nest, too. They make such a high pitched noise for such a big bird, makes me laugh!