The Magnificent Osprey


I love photographing the raptors.  One of my favorites is the Osprey.  I can usually find one or two near the local lakes; either Lake Nasworthy, O. C. Fisher Lake, or Twin Buttes Reservoir.  Lately I have been seeing some around the latter.  They winter in the southern half of Texas, but occasionally can be seen in warmer months.  They dine exclusively on fish.  They forage by flying over the water, then diving and snatching their lunch with sharp talons.

They are a fierce looking birds, as my photo below shows.

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Osprey with fish lunch

He was high on a utility pole, about 75 yards from me and my camera.  Fortunately, he was pretty intent on eating, so I was able to take my time and get several esposures.

They are a beautiful bird in flight.  I captured the photo below on another occasion.  He had finished eating and was just doing a bit of sight-seeing.  Photographed in the early morning sunrise.

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Osprey in flight

Here is another image of one watching, just sitting and a’grinning.  I got this capture early this morning.

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Below are a couple of images from several years ago, when I got lucky and caught one in flight, clutching his meal.

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Osprey in flight

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Osprey in flight

I hope you enjoyed my little post about one of my favorite birds.  Feel free to comment.  I enjoy hearing from you.

Until the next time.

HAPPY BIRDING!!

22 thoughts on “The Magnificent Osprey

  1. My favorite #1 bird of which you captured beautifully, Bob! I was fortunate to blog weekly the past two years on our Chesapeake Bay Osprey pair “Bella & Beau” during their breeding season. They have since migrated and I miss them, hopefully they are each enjoying cocktails on a beach somewhere in South America right now! 🙂

  2. Wonderful, wonderful photos. I work in the marinas in the Clear Lake, Texas area, and the ospreys showed up about three weeks ago. The first day I heard them calling, I counted eleven. Today, I saw one heading home with a fish in its talons. Your photo of that is great, too, although it’s not so much fun when they decide to dine on top of a mast and their “leftovers” fall to the deck!

  3. Osprey are one of my favorite birds; your morning photos capture their spirit and beauty. Thanks for posting these amazing images. Hope you continue to find some pickin’ and grinnin’ these last months of 2019. hugs

    • Hi Beth. The Ospreys are one of my favorites, too. Glad you loved the photos. Things are starting to look up. I have some ideas for future posts. So look forward to what is left of 2019. There is more to come. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Dave. I am glad you enjoyed.it. Nice to know since I am trying to get back into the swing of blogging on a regular basis again. I hope to continue for awhile. 🙂

  4. Great shots and article, Bob. These are one of my favorite raptors, also. Love to watch them and the bald eagles challenge each other.

    • Thank you, Claudia. I wish you could be here now for a bit. The birding is still somewhat slow for regular birds, but there a couple each of Red-tailed Hawks and Ospreys that are hanging around the Twin Buttes Reservoir. I am hoping that some other birds will get here in greater numbers.

  5. Thank you. These are great shots! We a some osprey at our little lake in Kansas, but the eagles moved in and they haven”t been seen for awhile. They really are gorgeous!

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