Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Bird Photography Weekly #10

This week I'll share the Osprey I spotted on Sunday afternoon.
When I saw it, all I was thinking was OMG OMG OMG, it's so big! It's so graceful! I hope the pictures come out! And with that, I think I officially became a birder. Now what? Help!

(As always, click on the photos to enlarge)
I just adore the way it's "finger" splay like that! Wow!

Look at it's beak! Yikes! I'd hate to be the fish he/she spotted!

Here it is showing it's unusual flying behavior - more like a gull than a raptor. (got that from the brand new National Geographic Western Birds Guidebook.)

And saying goodbye :( It circled around us a few times - technically over the lake, but it really did go over us more than once. Giving me ample opportunities to snap away. I got some pretty good photographs, but I still need to work on in-flight birds. I just can't get that super crisp and properly exposed image.


RuthieJ said...

Welcome to the official sisterhood of birders Red! Your life will never be the same again! ;-)

Lynne said...

Yep, it's too late now- you're a birder!!

These are fabulous photos Red. Aren't osprey cool?

Leedra said...

Just like we all got hooked. Sorry too late for you now.

Isn't it grand though?

mick said...

Beautiful photos of the Osprey.

Red said...

Thanks Ruthie, Lynne & Leedra!

Thank you Mick :) Glad you stopped by. Welcome!

Vickie said...

Enjoyed introducing myself to all your kittys. What a warm family you have. I like your new blog look. Lots of work! And last but not least, nice osprey images! The more I photograph birds, the more I love it. The good photos are just the icing.

Red said...

Thank you so much Vickie :) Yep, my cats are warm, literally, lol! I love taking photos of birds too since it's such a challenge.

Bernie Krausse said...

Keeping on Soaring with Nature.

Red said...

Thank you Bernie :) Welcome to my madness! And I surely will keep on soaring with nature - that sounds fun!

Mary C said...

So you finally admit that you enjoy birding!? LOL See, it's fun, isn't it? It's exciting when you see something you've never seen before. Just wait until I get you to capture a few thousand sandhill cranes, in flight! ;o) BTW, great shots as usual, Red.

Mary said...

LOVE THE OSPREY! Red, I have not mastered birds in flight, either, but you did good!

I need practice.

I think you have crossed the line, deary. You mentioned the word, "birder".



Red said...

I know :( Dang! I fought it pretty hard, lol! Guess I'll start making a list now.


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