Since Ann and I hadn’t been out since we got back from our wonderful Houston trip, we finally got time to get out a bit Friday afternoon. Still not many birds at the parks around here. Last year at this time it was pretty common for us to around 30-35 birds within a couple of hours. This time we saw about 15. Anyway, what we did see gave us good rewards. First we (Ann) saw this Great Horned Owl high in a tree in Spring Creek Park. It was in the shade and it gave me a chance to use my new Rogue Safari Flash Booster. More about that in a blog this weekend.
Then we proceeded around the horshoe bend of the park. At one point across the river, about 150 yards away we saw this Osprey high in a tree. There was no room to maneuver to car for a shot, so I exited the vehicle with my Canon 7D with a 500mm lens and 1.4 tele-converter. I approached the river bank, and using a small bench to prop my elbow, I hand-held the camera for the shot. I was quite pleased with the result that you see here.
I hope you enjoyed the photos. Click on either one for some outstanding enlargements.