Osprey Catching Fish

When the tide is too high to see Virginia Rail, visiting shorebirds, or, even, Killdeer, you’re forced to look for other birds. This time of year, it’s a good idea to watch for Osprey hunting closer to shore than usual. We actually had three different Osprey circling overhead

at one point.

Of course, inevitably they moved further offshore before sighting and diving for a fish.

Unfortunately photos can’t capture the excitement in watching these superb hunter repeatedly diving

and emerging with a catch.

I’ll have to admit that if I could count on seeing Osprey, I would carry my tripod and 500mm lens down to the boardwalk and spend the morning waiting for a shot.

Unfortunately, you can’t count on seeing osprey on most visits, and if you’re carrying a long lens and a tripod you are going to miss all the other shots I love so much.

What do you think?