Osprey Heaven Now!

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Osprey screaming. This image was created with the handheld Canon 400mm f/4IS DO lens and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +2 1/3 stops off the white sky: 1/1000 sec. at f/5.6 set manually.

My right-hand man, Jim Litzenberg, and I spent the morning with Jim Neiger on his pontoon boat on Lake Blue Cypress in Indian River County with several hundred Osprey….. The boat ramp is fifteen mintues from Yehaw Junction where SR 60 crosses the Florida Turnpike. We enjoyed non-stop action with both birds in flight and with perched birds.

Jim has two opening on his Osprey Heaven Flight School workshop (May 20-24, 2010) that begins tomorrow at 1pm in Vero Beach. The cost is $1300. As a special for BAA Bloggers he is offering each of these spots for a ridiculously low $800. Or, sign on for single day or two for $350/day. There are both pontoon boat and land-based sessions each day. If you can make it, contact Jim Neiger on his cell phone at 407-247-5200. If he does not pick up, leave a message and keep trying as reception in the area is spotty at best. If you would like to contact Jim through BAA please try us at 863-692-0906 or 863-221-2372.

As for me, I am headed back out on the lake this afternoon!

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Ospreys in Cypress tree. Canon 70-200mm f/4IS L lens (handheld at 180mm) with the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/400 sec. at f/5.6..
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Osprey, adult landing. Canon 400mm f/4IS DO lens handheld with the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 2/3 stops off the sky: 1/1000 sec. at f/5.
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Large unfledged Osprey chick. Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens with the 1.4X II TC and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/200 sec. at f/9. Gitzo 3530 LS with the Mongoose M3.5
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Adult Osprey screaming. Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens with the 1.4X II TC and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +2 1/3 stops off the white sky: 1/400 sec. at f/9 set manually. Gitzo 3530 LS with the Mongoose M3.5
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8 comments to Osprey Heaven Now!

  • Fantastic Osprey shots!

  • avatar Lanette Kantainis

    Have you ever shot those cypress trees in the fog? I am learning about so many cool places in Florida from your website – thanks for sharing. The screaming Osprey is awesome. Happy birding to you!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Yes. I have photographed the cypress trees in the fog on Lake Blue Cypress and at Lake Martin in Louisiana. Thanks for your kind words.

  • Nice work Artie. I need to get out there on my boat.

  • Beautiful photos. You certainly used the best camera and flight lens in my opinion.I have the 400 DO lens and intend to order the EOS 1D Mark 4 camera in a couple of days.

  • avatar M. Bruce

    Beautiful as usual – your plus stop exposures did the trick for the underwing detail – and just look at those lethal talons!

  • avatar James Saxon

    You hit the jackpot with that trip, a lot of birds, nice action and good light. Very nice set of images.