Posted on September 11, 2019
I was going through some older backup drives and found these files I never worked on from a Blackwater NWR trip about 8 years ago. I remember them now because these were taken on the Wildlife Drive when there used to be an Osprey platform close to the Wildlife Drive. This Osprey Platform was near the last turn before the straight way to the exit. This Osprey put on quite an aerial show. It was so close I clipped its wings a few times. I did not want to stay too long in case I was bothering the nest. But it was so close to the busy Wildlife Drive I would think it was used to cars. Maybe that is why it is now gone.
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Posted on August 10, 2019
As we were driving on the Wildlife Drive at the J.N. Ding Darling NWR, we noticed the Osprey Platform was occupied. If you had a long lens and got fairly far down the road you could get some interesting images of them on the nest. The first few images were from closeby, looking more up at the nest. You can see they were looking at us. But I did not like how the nests looked messy and did not like the angle.
Views of different nest from farther away, along the Wildlife Drive. The nest looks cleaner and has nicer sky and more of a side view.
Posted on May 19, 2018
From a previous visit to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, I photographed this Osprey heading for it’s nest, coming in for a landing. There are lots of Ospreys flying around the Refuge, plus many Osprey platforms with nests that are along the Wildlife Drive. If you wait by one of the platforms along the Drive you can get good images of Ospreys flying in or flying out. Plus bringing fish to feed the young Ospreys.
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Posted on May 31, 2017
This is the 2nd year in a row I noticed an Osprey nest in this old, broken and battered remains of a small tree along the Wildlife Drive. It probably is only 4 feet off the ground, the lowest ever Osprey nest I have seen. They usually seek out a high position to protect the nest. They usually are high in trees, utility poles, towers, streetlights, almost any high structure that has enough space to put a nest. In Florida I remember seeing a street with almost every street light along the street occupied with Osprey nests.
I do not know if this is the returning Osprey from the previous year or just any easy place to put a nest.
Posted on June 28, 2016
Along the Wildlife Drive are many Osprey Platforms. Most of them have active nests on them. There seems to be more platforms this year than last year. If you are patient you can usually get some interesting images of the birds interacting with the chicks or flight shots as they fly around the nest and eventually fly into the nest.
Posted on June 23, 2016
My favorite birds to photograph are raptors. And then tightening the list are Eagles and Ospreys. Mostly because they are fun and have more action to photograph. Plus they are bigger subjects. Ospreys are easier for me to get to, plus there is lots of action around the many Osprey Nests/Platforms. These were taken at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division in Oceanville, NJ. Along the Wildlife Drive there are many Osprey Platforms. At this time of year there are still young Ospreys that have not fledged yet, so there is quite a bit of activity around the nests. Sometimes they are bringing food to the young Ospreys, or just hanging around the nests watching over them. They even come by with more sticks for the nest so there are lots of photo opportunities. Soon the young Ospreys will be flying around also giving lots of subjects to photograph.
These were taken with a Canon f/4 400mm DO lens, with a 1.4X Series III Teleconverter on a Canon 7D giving a full frame equivalent of 896mm, handheld.
Posted on April 24, 2015
We found this Osprey Nest along the Wildlife Drive, along the shoreline by the water. It probably was only about 4 feet of the ground in a small tree. I have never seen an Osprey nest this low to the ground before.