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Ron in Atlanta

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OK Dino, I'll see your beautiful young lady and raise you an Osprey and his catch.

Taken from the Pathfinder of course, this was just off the St Johns River near Blue Springs last December 31. Mr. Osprey here had just landed on a perch to start lunch when he saw us coming up this small creek. He decided to then go to his 2nd favorite perch to eat undisturbed and lucky for me, his other perch was behind us - so he was coming toward us which is what makes it an more interesting image. Check out his right foot, one fish scale still there from the initial catch.

Can anyone ID the fish? Looks like a sunfish to me but I'm no expert.

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Was thinking of you last weekend...

We were running by Snake Bight in the Pathy on the way to the Shark...and the birds were all over the flats on a negative low.....

Standing room only !!!

Great capture...BOKEH is perfect for that distance you must have been shooting...

the capture is perfect...I see the fish scale !!! Wow !!!

Any Strobist on that shot !!!

What was the distance, ISO, Lense, Setting...you can just challenge me to a photo and not give me some scoop :) :)

Have you check out my website yet?

Some babes, fishing, and travel :) :)

BTW, left Atlanta in December...will be back for a week or so in late Feb...hopefully !!!

BTW, picked up a DELL U2711...OMG...it's changed my life...I never knew colors like that existed in my photos...

2560x1600 is Friggen AMAZING....

BTW, since we last met for lunch...i went full FX with a D700...wow !!!


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Hey Dino,

Yes, Snake Bight can get interesting on the negative tides - we plan our Florida trips around them!


Lake Ingram as well...


When you enter Lake Ingram from the east, there are a couple of creeks that go off to the left (South) the mud banks are great for birds.

The details on the osprey shot are as follows: I use my older Nikon D200 and a VERY old Nikon f4 500mm prime lens on a monopod. I use higher ISO, 500 for the D200 and 1500 for the D300s as the noise is negligible and I can always use higher shutter speeds to stop the action which you ALWAYS have with wildlife. This shot was taken at 1/1000 at f8.

I NEVER use strobe for wildlife, here's why. There was an owl's nest at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Area a few years ago and unfortunately it was in an easy to find location. The nest failed, the chicks died and the rangers believe it was because of the many strobe flashes that bombarded them all day. For me, wildlife photographers should follow the Hippocratic Oath, "First, do no harm".

I think wildlife photography is just like fishing. It takes you out to beautiful locations, in good company with great memories - and in my case - little or no clean up :content:

BTY I thought of moving to a full frame sensor camera but now my 500mm acts as a 750mm lens and the 400mm on my D300s acts as a 600mm lens and I'd hate to give that up - you just can't get too close.

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Great Info....nothing wrong with a F4 @500 ISO....especially with a grea sensor like the 200 and 300's....

I kept my D7K for the same reason you indicated....my longest lense is a 2.8 70-200 that gives me about a 300 with the DX sensor....I do 90% plus portrait and street shooting....with of course the occ***ional fish :) :)

I usually take along only my D700 with my 2.8 14-24 or 24-70mm...next trip I'll bring along my D7K with a longer lense and see what I can do up in Snake Bight....DonH and I are plannning a trip in a week or two in his HPX-T....we can get right up along those birds....

Will post what I capture.....errrr....take pics of (LOL).

thanks for taking the time to educate and provide your insights.... :thumbup:


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Not only hook manufactures, local fisherman can only dream as well.

The same day I took this image, we were out on the main part of the St Johns River and saw another Osprey dive down, catch a fish and fly off to a high branch to eat it. There was a local guy fishing nearby and I remarked as to how well the bird did, using only his feet, etc. The guy in the b*** boat said, "Heck yes, he has caught three fish this morning, I only have one!".

The best bird, fish, fisherman scene I have ever seen was , coincidentally, on the St Johns as well. There is a large launch area called Ed Stone Park in Deland. I've launched there a lot and three times when I've been getting the boat ready to launch, I've seen the following - an old pickup truck towing an even older green skiff arrives at the entrance to the park. From out of nowhere, a Great Blue Heron appears, heads over to the arriving truck and flies in formation with the old truck as it approaches the launch area. Looks like a fighter plane escort for a large bomber. He does this for no other boat.

I finally had the chance to catch up with the old gentleman who owns the rig and ask about the bird. "Oh yeah, we're old friends. I'm a commercial fisherman and when I first launch early in the day, I always let him pick out a piece of bait for breakfast. When I return late afternoon, I always give him one of my catch."

To my eye, it was more than that. These two are friends and I have the feeling that if anything ever happened to one of them - the other would morn for a long time.

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