Photographing osprey is one of my favorite things to do. Seeing the full cycle of returning from migration, nest building, mating, incubating, and then hatching, feeding and eventually fledging and utimately migrating again is so rich in animal behaviors and photographic opportunities.
This is one of my early images (2006), taken near Reagan National Airport from a boat. I struck up a conversation with a local guy at the marina and he offered a ride some day, and I asked if we could do it right then and he said ok. He had a small aluminum skiff.
This is probably my favorite osprey image of all time (2011), taken at a private location where the nest is fairly close to land and the birds were relatively used to people being nearby. So the adult female would chirp a bit and then be at ease again if I approached.
This image is from Maine (2011) at a great local secret spot.
This one is from the same nest as my favorite image, where the female was feeding the 3 chicks (2011). I like how you can see all their eyes and the little chunk of fish being fed to the chick.
This is a migratory osprey seen in Cape May New Jersey in 2016. I think the bird is so well lit due to the Fall sun angle combined with the sandy beach and light being reflected up.
This back at my favorite spot and I love seeing the mom and chick sitting together in the nest.
This image was unique to me, the first time I had seen this. The osprey’s brood patch is visible, where she removed some feathers so she can better incubate the eggs. This is from near Annapolis Maryland.
Finally here are 2 more nesting images from out by Easton Maryland. Both are nests with chicks that are maybe going to fledge in a few weeks.
Wet mom (2012) returns to the nest, with chicks trying to be flat, and hidden.
And lastly, an image I drove to a spot specifically hoping to see this shading behavior on a day that was 95 degrees or more (2016).