A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to photograph some ospreys with fish during a visit to Hendrie Valley. The water in Lake Ontario has been quite high again this spring which has negatively affected the number of birds in the area.
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I’ve been to Hendrie a few times and had no luck at all spotting any opreys in the area, let alone ospreys with fish. The first hint that I may have some luck on this particular morning was capturing some images of an osprey flying relatively low. This behaviour usually preceeds ospreys fishing. About 25 minutes later the bird did end up catching a fish, but way off in the distance.
Luckily for me the osprey banked around and flew past me with its catch. It was over 100 metres distant, but I still managed to get a few photographs. The images that follow were all cropped aggressively.
It didn’t take long before a few more opportunities to photograph ospreys with fish presented themselves.
My final images of ospreys with fish happened about an hour after I captured my first image of an osprey in flight that morning. The subject bird had snagged itself a meal of catfish.
Like most photographers my preference is to capture action images of ospreys catching fish. Opportunities like that eluded me on this particular morning, so I had to settle for ospreys with fish flying past me. It still made for a wonderful hour with my camera gear!
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Image were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Photographs were cropped to approximately 3500 pixels on the width, then resized for web use.
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