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.