“Osprey Family” Is Our Newest Image

Last updated on August 22nd, 2018 at 12:22 pm

An osprey brings a fish back to the nest as the other parent tries to feed three chicks.
An osprey brings a fish back to the nest as the other parent tries to feed three chicks.

We are very proud of our newest addition. We finished it last Thursday, the day before the John’s Pass Seafood Festival, and didn’t get into our campsite at Fort De Soto Park in Saint Petersburg until after midnight Friday morning because we were delayed in leaving Miami until this picture was finished.

We were on a trip to Everglades National Park in the spring to check out reports of great horned owl chicks in the parking lot of the Coe Visitor Center, but then we went on to Flamingo and discovered a few osprey nests also. This one was in a short snag right in the parking lot next to the campground. From the ground we could barely see the top of the chick’s heads, so Nancy balanced on our canoe on top of the van to get a better perspective. She was taking pictures of the one parent and chicks when out of the corner of her eye she saw the other parent approaching. She didn’t have time to zoom out and recompose the shot; she just swung around and captured the bird, with fish, as it was about to land.

Needless to say, this is a composite. In one photograph we had a close-up of one parent feeding its chicks on the top of the nest. The next photograph show the flying osprey and the left part of the nest. Still another photograph shows the lower portions of the nest. The camera was hand-held and the images had to be hand-“stitched”. This was our most difficult image so far. Had Nancy had time to zoom out to get the whole scene at once, the image wouldn’t have had the resolution it does.

Author: Bruce

Although I grew up in Garden Grove, California, I have lived here in South Miami longer than I've lived anywhere else in the world. I've been married to my wonderful wife, Nancy, longer than I was ever without her. We were both teachers. Nancy recently retired after 40 years. I have also spent time as an officer in the Coast Guard, a commercial property appraiser, and an electrical engineering student. Now I'm technical support for Bee Happy Graphics. That means I handle this blog, our web page, and all E-mail, I do all post-processing and printing of the images, I cut mats and glass and frames. If you have a technical question, I would be the one trying to answer it.

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