By Nancy Elwood
Starting in January each year, some 200 pairs of ospreys start arriving at a very special place we have here in Florida. This place is called Blue Cypress Lake. Going out on a pontoon boat is the best, and really only, way to really see and experience these ospreys. My friend has a pontoon boat, so I am fortunate that each year we make at least two trips down to the lake to capture these lovely birds in their full breeding colors, plus the chicks and juveniles. These are just a few from this year. All these were taken with the Nikon D500 and Nikon 500 f/4E, FL, ED, VR lens, handheld. The juveniles have the orange eyes and the somewhat different patterned feathers.
Taken last week in Florida. Although there were two large chicks in the nest, the mom kept on dragging in more building material. At one point see had a large branch, and while trying to place it, hit one of the chicks in the head multiple times ! Was afraid she would knock him out of the nest!
D4 500mm F/4 . Slight crop for comp.
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