The Southernmost Osprey in the continental USA...

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Backdoctor, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. Well, just got back from 4 days in Key West with the boss. I shot the H, she shot the D100. On the last day, we had breakfast one block from the marker that indicates the southernmost point in the USA. There are hotels, B&B's and many stores with names such as The Southernmost Hotel, etc. Well, there we are having breakfast on the beach and at the Southernmost Hotel there is a thing like a ships mast right on a point just at it's southern tip, and an osprey resting on it. This is 200-300yds away, but easy to see it was an osprey by how it sits. We finish breakfast, he is still there, soooooooooooo.... I just couldnt help myself. Now osprey are normally shy birds, but this guy let me get so close, I had to take the tc off. He barely gave me a look even when I yelled or whistled at him. Forget flight shots, he wasnt moving till he wanted to, and even at 9:30am the heat index was 104, so I wasnt waiting:

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    Here's a couple from Mary:
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    This is from The Dry Tortuga's Park
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    more to come...
     
  2. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Harris and Mary,

    Wonderful shots.

    My old stomping grounds years ago.

    Know exactly where you were :>)))
     
  3. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Excellent shots Harris and Mary!! Looks like you had a great little trip. Certainly was successful photographically. :wink:
     
  4. Thats right, you did live there. Sure is a fun place to spend some days. Thanks!
     
  5. I want to go back again soon. Just the trip down is loaded with places to shoot.

    got to see a Key Deer, an endangered species. For like 7 miles going thru Pine Key there are warning signs about them crossing the road. Went off a side road and saw one, but it went off in a flash into the woods after crossing the road, sorta like those goofy bigfoot footages, no time to shoot a shot.
     
  6. Harris it looks like you hit the mother load with getting that close to an osprey. When we went to Key West in June all I wanted was to get a picture of an Osprey. No luck, it was not until I returned to Seattle that I got my first osprey and never that close. You nailed the shot and it is so very sharp. Congratulations. Looks like you had one nice trip. We sure enjoyed our stay there as well.
     
  7. Thanks Jim. Key West is a fun place to shoot and stay, but the best wildlife was on the way and in the Dry Tortugas. I believe it is better there in the fall and spring, but aint it so everywhere? :D
     
  8. bfjr

    bfjr Guest

    excellent Osprey capture, just great :)
     
  9. That osprey is fantastic what great detail and tell Mary she is startign to give you a run for your moeny
     
  10. Great Osprey shot, Harris. I agree with Mike that Mary is doing great! ;) Watch out!!
     
  11. Thanks Ben, I was excited he let me get so close.

    Mike, she wants a D200 next. Gonna get her a 24-85 so I dont lose my 17-55

    Kevin, I sleep with one eye open with her....:)
     
  12. Really nice images Harris. Good focus and detail.
     
  13. thanks Gordon, nothing like full frame shots for clarity.
     
  14. 104 at 0930! I wonder if that osprey still uses that metal perch in "the heat of the day"?
    Great shots; thanks for sharing.
     
  15. Excellent shots, that Osprey is close enough to smell fish on his breath! :shock:
     
  16. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    Damn power outtage!

    Had a reply all typed out earlier, then we lost power and the puter rebooted itself, losing the reply in the process. Great shots Harris. The dtail when you're able to get this close is amazing! Tell Mary to keep up the good work too!
     
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