Osprey Shoot: Laguna Atascosa NWR

Here are more images from this past weekend’s Osprey encounter. I have to warn you that a couple of the photos may not be for the squeamish. It’s natural to feel for the fish in the images as it is being picked and eaten alive, especially when you are there and you see it thrashing with all its might to get free, but that is the natural order of things in the wild. I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. So, enjoy the images and let me know what you think.

All images were shot with the Canon 7D and Canon ef 500/4.5 lens.

Until next time, Keep Shooting… KEVIN

ImageSpotlight: Osprey

I’ve been a little MIA this past month as I’ve been spending long hours immersed in my dissertation research. However, I simply needed a break! This weekend I decided to get away from it all and spend an afternoon at┬áLaguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. The road to the refuge is worse than I remember and I’m quite sure I need to align my front end now but what an afternoon it was.

The Osprey have migrated to the Rio Grande Valley as this is part of their winter non-breeding grounds. Exclusively a fish eater, the Osprey feeds at mid-morning and late afternoon so I knew I might get lucky along the Laguna Madre coastline. I’d say I got a little more than lucky yesterday. The Osprey were actively feeding and I enjoyed an afternoon of great photos. Most of the Osprey were feeding at ground level and while I was happy to get those images, I found one bird feeding atop a yucca plant. While I have many shots of Osprey on that yucca, I wanted to get the bird in flight with the fish in its grasp. It was a long wait but once the Osprey was full, it flew from its yucca perch, still clinging to its supper.

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Osprey. Canon 7D | 500/4.5 | ISO 400 | f9 | 1/1000

It’s times like these that make me appreciate that old saying… Any time spent outdoors is better than the best time spent at the office.

Until next time, keep shooting. — KEVIN