Osprey w/ Headless Fish

I have taken so few opportunities to photograph wildlife in the last three years that I’m afraid I’ve forgotten how. My 400mm lens rarely leaves the house.

And osprey? They are as common in these parts as vultures. So much so that I once vowed never to bother photographing them again.

🙂  But I’ve rarely made a vow I didn’t mind breaking. 🙂

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Osprey, Pelican, Two Eagles & a Dog

A 500mm lens is a must-have for wildlife photography, but I have long resisted because such a heavy piece of equipment requires a bulky tripod and I haven’t the patience to fiddle with such things.

Until now. Nikon has recently come out with a quality 500mm lens specifically designed to be hand-held. It’s not for the frail, weighing in at 5 lbs., but manageable.

Two things I am looking for as I test out a new lens = (1) how fast it picks up and focuses on subjects speeding across the sky, and (2) how sharp the images are.

I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw two juvenile eagles sitting on rocks about 200 yards from shore this morning.

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One of them hopped around a bit, after a fish the other had dropped in a crevice.

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I alternately stood and sat for 45 minutes with camera and lens held up to my eye waiting for the eagles to fly. Liftoff would be a perfect picture. The camera got heavy, my arms got tired, and my fingers began to cramp.

An osprey took a dip nearby in the water and I interrupted my vigil to fire off some quick shots.

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A pelican dropped in fairly close to the eagles.

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Then a damn helicopter buzzed overhead and spooked the eagles as I was looking in the wrong direction! All my patience was for naught.

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Tzuri, fortunately, was a more willing subject.

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All in all, I’m thinkin’ this new lens is a keeper.

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My New Bird Camera

In the spirit of upgrading my equipment I sold two of my four cameras – D300s & D700 – and yesterday received in the mail a new Nikon D7200. It’s a DX and thus I keep a long lens on it to take advantage of the crop factor.

I was excited as a kid at Christmas and couldn’t wait for this morning to arrive. Before dawn I was out at Ft. DeSoto Park and this turned out to be my keeper pic of the day.

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