Merritt Island Osprey shots

Discussion in 'Birds' started by HarryB, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Hi Y'all,

    I went up to Merritt Island on Monday. It was not a great day, windy, chilly and overcast but still better than NYC. Going in to Blackpoint Drive there was an osprey perched on just about every power pole.

    While I was hanging out two ospreys flew over and thanks to the high winds they were doing a good amount of hovering. I figured that this would be a good chance to work on my flight shots with the 500mm and 1.4 TC and the Wimberly head.

    These shots are uncropped. The blue sky was PSed in (hate grey skies).

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  2. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Beautiful shots Harry.
     
  3. Awesome I remember last year that first nest as you come over the bridge from Titusville where the two male osprey were jockeying for the single female. Looks like you have your flight shots down pat my friend
     
  4. These are beauties, Harry!
     
  5. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Thank you Gale.
     
  6. Great stuff Harry. It will be six months before I will see one here. Sure nice you can get so close.
     
  7. Great shots Harry - you lucky dog! BTW - like the sky ...
     
  8. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Thnaks Mike. That nest by the parking area is still active BTW.
     
  9. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Harry,

    I think you have the technique down pretty well. These are very sharp, without any sharpening artifacts.

    Very well done old man. :wink:
     
  10. wonderful teasers for the traveling photogs! arrggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Great shots!
    Dave
     
  11. Really well done Harry!
     
  12. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Thank you Kevin. The action at Merritt Island is definitely picking up.
     
  13. jaminphoto

    jaminphoto

    149
    Jul 7, 2005
    SF Bay area
    Nice set of images.

    --ricardo
     
  14. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Thanks Jim. There were so many ospreys at Merritt Island that I passed up 5-6 that were jut sitting on power poles.
     
  15. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Thanks Rory. I thought the skies came out OK. Its always fun to make your own skies. :biggrin:
     
  16. very nice,... maybe I can get some decent ones this weekend with this new fangled lens...
     
  17. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Thanks Frank. I'm slowly getting comfortable with the Wimberly head. Not too bad for an old dog. :biggrin:
     
  18. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Hey Dave,

    They do make for some good coming attractions. :wink: Thanks.
     
  19. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Thanks Brett.
     
  20. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Harry,

    I've been amazed at the shots that you've gotten in the past hand held, but having said that, these are textbook examples of the kind of consistency that can be achieved with good tripod technique. Every one is well framed, and sharp as a tack. :wink:
     
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