Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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I along with the sun rose at 5:44 am. I was at the Osprey nest with the rented 500mm by 6:15am. I was anxious to get out while the light was perfect. Upon arrival I could see one of the parents sitting watch on the nest. Generally, as I approach the nest and entered into their perceived danger zone, the adult will fly off circling the nest while the hatchlings duck down, hiding from the enemy. Today, to my surprise, Mama flew off in the direction of a near by electric pole. There she joined two of her off spring. They had fledged! This being much like children taking their first steps. I estimate their age to be about 12 weeks.

Over the next month, they will continue to practice their aerial maneuvers and fishing techniques until they are successfully at both. At which time the family will migrate to a warmer winter climate.

8 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Great shot. Those eyes are a bit scary. I/we have our 400mm in the shop and your picture here makes me long to get it back and see how it will perform...clean.

Ashley Sisk said...

It's totally looking at you!

snapshots2011 said...

I love the expression on his face (And the fact that it's so clear that you *can* see the expression on his face!)

Sarah P. said...

Wow! As cool as those eyes are, they would freak me out a bit! :) I would take the shot and run.

Melinda said...

Absolutely amazing shot! Such detail! Wow wow wow! What a wonderful experience you have had with these birds and the lens! Do you have more of the osprey photos posted on flickr or elsewhere? I would love to see them!

Kimberly said...

This is an incredible photo! A little intimidating also. :)

Kara said...

oh he's beautiful! great eyes..love this shot!

Gretchen said...

WOW!! Incredible!!