Thursday, April 16, 2009

SkyWatch: Swooping Osprey




This is what it may look like to a fish when, too late, it heads for cover alarmed by the large bird dropping from the sky at an incredible rate of speed. A moment later the Osprey’s talons would descend, grasping the fish with its razor sharp claws as they pierce through the fish’s body in a grip of death.

A clear blue sky is the easiest background for capturing flight shots. With nothing to distract the cameras auto focus the camera will quickly focus on the bird and the bright sunlight allows for action freezing shutter speeds.

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23 comments:

James said...

What a great shot. I wish my camera could zoom in like that.

ramblingwoods.com said...

Great photo and I appreciate the tip Coy...Have a great weekend... Michelle

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Nice capture.

Carol said...

Awesome shot...so many great shots on this blog...your leaping deer is wonderful...

Linda Jacobs said...

I so admire your photography skill! Just a great shot!

Photo Cache said...

What a gorgeous animal. And great capture. Fantastic timing.

DeeMom said...

wow

Kallen305 said...

What a fantastic shot!! I saw my 1st Osprey tonight and wasn't nearly as lucky as you in my photos. Wonderful

nature ramblings said...

Wonderful bird photo. When you enlarge it you can really see those beady little eyes. Such a great capture. Thanks for sharing.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Slipping into the weekend like a bird in flight. Great action shots!

Natural Moments said...

It certainly does look like it has a fish in its sight and on its mind.

Ivar Ivrig said...

Wow, great shot. A cool bird.
Like the Heron below as well.
Have a nice weekend, Salty

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Salty, this is a great shot. I enlarged to get a better view of the osprey's keen yellow eye. Awesome capture! And thanks for the photography tip, too.

Happy Days said...

Nifty photo! How weird, a speckled head! It does have yellow beady eyes! I have NOT been successful in shooting birds in flight or any other place. I have a few, not one of them are "GOOD". Don't know what I doing wrong. I have a 300 lens but it doesn't seem to help...debbie

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful shot. Love those 'in-flight" photos.

B Squared said...

I love to watch Ospreys.

photowannabe said...

I didn't realize the Osprey was so large. Glad I'm not the sacrificial fish...

allhorsestuff said...

Great to haver the clear blue for this beauty of a bird!

fishing guy said...

Salty: Captured so well, what a beautiful photo.

Lew said...

Great shot! And the blue skies recently are superb for bird watching. I saw several hawks yesterday, but they were too high to get clear images.

Old Wom Tigley said...

What a sighting this must have been... and of course a great country capture..

Tom

i beati said...

nice one and the one below.sk

Tabib said...

Great Osprey in flight shot!
Tabib.