Osprey Landing At Nest

These are from a previous visit to the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR, Brigantine Division in Oceanville NJ. There are many Osprey Platforms with nests scattered along the Wildlife Drive. So if you are patient and wait for the Ospreys to return you can get some interesting flight & landing images. If there are young Ospreys in the nests there is usually more activity with the adult birds bringing food and feeding the young. These are images are of a landing sequence. Images were taken with a Canon 1D mkIV with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a 1.4x Canon Teleconverter. Looking at the Camera Raw Data the nest was 154 feet from the Wildlife Drive .

Osprey Touchdown & Landing at nest. Canon 1D mkIV, 400mm DO lens, Canon 1.4x Teleconverter.

Ospreys On Osprey Platform

A photo of an Osprey bringing nesting materials to the nest on an Osprey Platform along the Wildlife Drive at the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville NJ. This was from a few years ago in May. But can not wait to photograph the Ospreys in the upcoming months along the Wildlife Drive. There are quite a few Osprey Platforms along the Wildlife Drive giving many opportunities to photograph them. You need a fairly long lens unless you want to severely crop your images. These images was taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a 2X Teleconverter.

It is amazing the materials they use to build their nests.

Osprey Defending Nest

On a visit years ago in the Spring to Blackwater NWR there was a lot of activity around the Osprey Nests along the Wildlife Drive. It was in mating season and the Ospreys were busy on the nests. This image was when an other osprey kept trying to get to the nest. On this pass the defending Osprey almost went upside down with claws out defending the nest. Plus there was a lot of screeching of the birds going on. This was the best image of the series because the more it was going up to defend the nest I cut off some of the Osprey in the image. Not sure if there were eggs in the nest or just wanted the nest. Image taken with a 400mm f/4 DO lens with a 1.4x Teleconverter on a Canon 1D mkIII.

Osprey Nest @ 800mm & 1280mm

These images are from a previous trip years ago to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Oceanville Division, in New Jersey. Along the Wildlife Drive there are quite a few Osprey platforms providing good opportunities to photograph Ospreys on nests. Quite often you can also see them with the Osprey nestlings. If you wait long enough you can see them bringing fish to the nests and feeding the chicks.

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Osprey Nest @ 800mm

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Osprey Nest @ 1280mm

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Osprey Nest @1280mm, plus some image crop

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Osprey Nest @1280mm, plus some image crop

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Osprey Nest @ 800mm

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Osprey Nest @ 800mm, plus some image crop

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Osprey saying “Who you looking at!”

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Osprey In Flight

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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Osprey Nests On Platforms At J.N. Ding Darling NWR

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.

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Closeup, Different Day

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.

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Osprey Flying Towards Nest

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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Unusual Osprey Nest

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.

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Views of the nest

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A Series of Horizontal Images to Compose a Vertical View Of The Surrounding Area

Osprey Nests on Osprey Platforms

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.

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Another Osprey nest

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Osprey Landing At Nest

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.

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