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Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

In August 2008 I was fortunate to be able to make my third trip to Colorado. This trip I was hopeful of getting close to some raptors. A colleague of a friend of mine told me that Lake Parvin, part of the Red Feather Lakes, north-west of Fort Collins was a good place to see Osprey, or the fishing eagle. I hired a car and drove up there, arriving mid-morning. I started to walk counter-clockwise around the lake. It wasn't long before I spotted a lone Osprey perched at the top of a dead tree, right up near the top of a rocky outcrop. Even with my Zuiko digital 50-200 mm lens with the 1.4 x converter, it was still "wee and far away". I figured if I could climb the rocks behind him to the top, I would be about level with him. I left my pack under some trees and proceeded up with my camera, binoculars and monopod. Finding the rocks difficult going, I left my binoculars and monopod on a ledge and continued with the camera. As I reached the top, there it was looking at me, about 30 m away. I was able to photograph it for about 10 minutes, before it soared away across the lake.

I feel so blessed to have been able to spend those minutes so close to one of God's magnificent aerial hunters.


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