Osprey Watch by jamibann

Osprey Watch

I went up to deliver stuff to dad yesterday, and so did my usual osprey watch on the way home. It was more challenging than usual - cold and windy, and the greenery is returning to the trees, so making it more difficult to find a suitable gap to capture any movement away from the nest. As I drove up, one osprey was circling around the nest. As I returned with my camera, both ospreys were flying around ... but I wasn't ready for taking pictures, so missed that event! However, I settled down in the trees, as I saw that mum was on the nest. At one stage there were a few gun shot noises (probably someone on the estate shooting rabbits), but anyway, it scared her and she flew off. I knew she'd be back and so hung out for a bit longer - until she came back. Due to the wind, and hand holding the camera, a number of shots were blurred, but this one worked. I'll definitely be going up there with a tripod once we have a less restricted lifestyle!
This looks beautifully captured! I use the tripod only on occasion, so I think I might have trouble tracking an osprey in flight from said tripod. You needn't apologize for this one!
May 15th, 2020  
@Weezilou Yes, a tripod will only really be useful if I want to focus exclusively on the nest. The conditions are challenging, especially as it's on the slope of a hill, in the middle of a forest! It's the best vantage point I could find, though. I need a bit of height, whilst staying as close as possible to the nest.
May 15th, 2020  
Beautiful
May 15th, 2020  
This is beautiful...we can see the nest & the Osprey is so clear flying in..Fav
May 15th, 2020  
Oh well done, worth the wait in the cold!
May 15th, 2020  
beautifully captured
May 15th, 2020  
Great focus, nicely timed
May 15th, 2020  
oh wonderful
May 15th, 2020  
beautiful bird, and a great opportunity to watch them nest
May 15th, 2020  
Great capture :)
May 15th, 2020  
great shot, beautiful to see this moment of return to the nest...it seems the landing of an airplane with the trolley lowered
May 15th, 2020  
Wonder what she's grasping in those feet. Excellent capture, Issi. The things one goes through for the sake of a picture, eh?
May 15th, 2020  
Beautiful hover of that big bird...quit a tricky landing...the nest must be well supported! Cant wait to see some little heads peaking over the top...fingers crossed all goes well....very exciting to see this!
May 15th, 2020  
This is awesome for hand-held! I'd be torn between watching them and photographing! Great shot.
May 15th, 2020  
Wow great timing!
May 16th, 2020  
A terrific reward for your patience!
May 16th, 2020  
Great timing.
May 16th, 2020  
@happypat I cannot tell you how exciting it is for me! I love it!!
May 16th, 2020  
@lyndemc I think it's just a bit of moss - I had a good look on the zoom of my computer. Nothing alive, at least!
May 16th, 2020  
Great timing.
May 16th, 2020  
Great series Issi
May 16th, 2020  
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