It was my lucky morning
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KWeck
Registered: Aug 19, 2009
Total Posts: 636
Country: United States

I lay in bed at night and dream of the day. When I get lucky to shoot an Osprey fish.. Well this morning was my day. I was with a fellow fotog Ron Zigler and we were chatting at the Peace Valley bridge. There have been Osprey there often but just fly by or fish far away, but nothing to photograph.

I spotted an Osprey circling around and I knew it was hunting then it turned right in front of us and started to hover. Talons out and into the dive it went... Straight down at blazing speed, bang into the water swam around and out and right for us.. Water spray everywhere and i'm shooting away.. I'm thinking focus you.. just focus. The light was crappy and hazy so I spun the wheel to underexpose and hammered the shutter.. Well the first try it missed, so back again for a second and it missed again. second try it missed again. Third try it caught a fish.. All three times came right at us.. My heart was pounding and sweat was pouring from my head from the humid conditions.. IT WAS AWESOME!!!!! So get ready for osprey posts...

Thanks for looking..

Canon MKIV
700mm handheld.. Had it on a monopod but picked it up to get the shots...


Holy Crap!!!! by Thru Kurts Lens, on Flickr



thunderbird
Registered: Jul 26, 2008
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Awesome Kurt. Right time at right place, with the right techniques to back it up. Killer shot!
Andy



David Leask
Registered: Nov 19, 2003
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Fabulous shot Kurt, congratulations
David



KCollett
Registered: Jul 02, 2010
Total Posts: 23546
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A very fine capture Kurt! Super action.



KWeck
Registered: Aug 19, 2009
Total Posts: 636
Country: United States

thunderbird wrote:
Awesome Kurt. Right time at right place, with the right techniques to back it up. Killer shot!
Andy


Thanks Andy.. you bet, right place right time and it was great... Thanks!
Kurt



douter
Registered: Mar 10, 2010
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Great capture! I hope the bird got his also.
Douglas



KWeck
Registered: Aug 19, 2009
Total Posts: 636
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David Leask wrote:
Fabulous shot Kurt, congratulations
David


Thank you David



KWeck
Registered: Aug 19, 2009
Total Posts: 636
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douter wrote:
Great capture! I hope the bird got his also.
Douglas


Thanks Douglas and yes he did



KWeck
Registered: Aug 19, 2009
Total Posts: 636
Country: United States

KCollett wrote:
A very fine capture Kurt! Super action.


Thank you the action was great and its all on film..digital film that is.



treebeard
Registered: Sep 21, 2006
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Great shot!!! However, I keep wondering what it would be like to be a fish and see those talons coming at me. YIKES!!



Jonathan Huynh
Registered: May 01, 2003
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Great capture



Thomas Sanders
Registered: Aug 17, 2008
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Wow!!!!!

Tom



angel manguel
Registered: Feb 09, 2009
Total Posts: 1287
Country: Canada

Outstanding Kurt! I am impressed that this image was captured HANDHELD - Hercules or what buddy? I am looking forward to seeing more.

Alan



birdied
Registered: May 02, 2010
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Outstanding shot , congratulations !!

Birdie



kmunroe
Registered: Feb 02, 2010
Total Posts: 29691
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excellent shot Kurt



jcw1982
Registered: Sep 14, 2005
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Fantastic shot, I don't ever recall seeing a shot of an osprey like this with this much intensity!



surfnron
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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A great shot Kurt ~ Ron



Ted ellis
Registered: Aug 08, 2007
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Excellent shot Kurt.

Ted



penpro
Registered: Oct 24, 2011
Total Posts: 780
Country: Canada

That pose is just fantastic. So much energy and focus to it.

Well done.



KWeck
Registered: Aug 19, 2009
Total Posts: 636
Country: United States

treebeard wrote:
Great shot!!! However, I keep wondering what it would be like to be a fish and see those talons coming at me. YIKES!!


Thank you very much and those talons are killer



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