Osprey Mom Teaching Fledgling to fish

Hi. We made it through the first of the holiday tribulations and are getting back to a normal routine. Funny how long it doesn’t take for me to get accustomed to the traffic and lines. Not one for the whole Black Friday thing, we opted to do our holiday a different way,by Johnny and his crew playing a gig for the members of the group they belong to. It was a nice, close knit way to spend the day giving thanks. Seeing as how we were at the gig all day, instead of the traditional turkey feast, starving, we opted for Waffle House. 🙂 Different, but we had fun with the folks working, which gave us a moment to appreciate everything we had, mostly and foremost each other. No matter if we were in a field all day playing guitar, or at a mansion, as long as we were together, that is what the day was for us. We are rich… 🙂 Hope your holiday was great.

Enough of that. Let’s get to the title of the post, shall we?

Went fishing yesterday, and while the current wasn’t doing what we wanted it to do to produce the “bite”, there was a bunch of activity going on. I kept hearing the screeching of Osprey, and lot of it. Incessant even. Being around the water, it is a familiar sound, but this was non-stop. The birds were acting differently; dive-bombing, yelling at each other, and all clustered up over the river, diving, diving, diving.  With not much luck.Not the norm at all.

Then I realized. This was school. “How to catch your own fish, because now you can fly” school. I wanted to share this; I will call this my first of hopefully many “documentary” stories with images. Photo Journalism is what they call it I think. 🙂

One of the many Osprey. So you can tell  the difference between a male and female Osprey. The male has a white chest, while the female has a spotty, “necklace” or freckles if you will….  As you can see, this is a male.

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Osprey on the huntBelow, you will see the art of hovering, dive bombing, retrieving, and returning with food.

This is how you hover.

Osprey and flidging.

Bend your wings and dive like this to gain speed. Keep your eye on the prize……………

Diving Osprey

Before you hit the water, stretch you legs and extend your talons, so you can grab your food. Keep your eye on the prize.

Osprey diving

Get ready to get wet, but that will work in your favor. Grab your prize.

Osprey hitting the water

Now that you have what you want, take it and go.  Like this.

Osprey success

While the fledgling was paying close attention, it took no time to try to beg the food and take it as it’s own.

osprey fledgling wanting food

Hey!  What about me??

Osprey and fledgling learning to hunt

A couple aerobatic maneuvers teach the baby how to keep its food in the event of a rogue trying to steal it……….

Osprey and fledgling.....

That’s that for today.  I hope you enjoy this as much I did when I saw it. 🙂 It did have a happy ending. the baby shared the fish in a nearby tree………… 🙂

Susan

Last day ~~ Triumph

My Photo 101 Odyssey

Triumph.

Winning comes to mind.  Which is what came to mind when I was able to execute these two images.

The first one was a shock…………. Taken with my Oly, it was one I was proud of.

Shrimpin

Until I shot this one

Fishin

I never got this printed, but seeing it again makes me think I may  🙂

I want to thank@cherilucas,
@michelleweber,
@jenhooks,
@rootjosh  for the last month of assignments, and opportunities to learn new things. I hope you have a nice holiday season.

Susan

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Howdy and Happy Saturday

Hi! I hope you had a good week; time to unwind and take some down time. Yesterday was my birthday, and Johnny blew me out of the water with a GoPro. I’ve been wanting one for the longest time, and after I got through the box of a million accessories, I realized that although compact in size, this lil guy has tremendous capability.  I figured out how to download the app to my fone, so I can dictate whether the mode will be movie, image, burst, etc.  and we went out to the refuge. All I have is this one image right now, but I like it. 🙂

Goin out to the NOTU and the Refuge again today, to practice.  I hope you have a great weekend.

GOPRO at dusk

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Johnny is a volunteer counselor and has been since I’ve known him. Every week, he meets with his “crew”, a group of wonderful people that are trying to learn how to depend on solid spiritual ground to guide them, instead of themselves. His mentoring shows them they can achieve positive results in life, something they have not known. Johnny is my hero. Tonight, something moved me to do this for him. I hope he likes it when he gets home. 🙂

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Central Florida’s Migatory First Comers are Showing Up

I found some this week.  Yay!!!!! This time of year, when the temperatures are starting to dip, they begin to appear. For the next month or so, they will be getting their winter homes in order. Hopefully, I will find a nesting family to share with you. But this will have to do for now. 🙂    Roseate Spoonbills are one of my favorites. We have a few residents that buck the “law” and live here year around, but the majority fly in for the holidays. Their diet consist’s of fish, bugs, crawdads, crabs, whatever they find in the grass that lines the flats they wade in. Unlike the noisy Herons and Egrets, they are content to stay to themselves and don’t cause too much trouble.

Roseate Spoonbills

One of the great things about living in Florida is of course the weather. The traveling Avian know it too, and return every year around this time; probaby where the term “Snow Birds” came from. Thank God they just fly in, and don’t clutter up the local roads, driving at a snail’s pace looking for orange trees. But that’s another rant. 🙂

Everyone thinks we spend every day at the beach or Disney World and every night, we party like animals and live a carefree lifestyle.  HA!  What they don’t seem to know is that we have a plethora of  the most beautiful and peaceful backwoods, bordered by wetlands, salt marshes, brackish and “nursery” estuaries. Each play a vital role in the survival of all the “Feather’s and Fins” that call on this little speck of land to spend the winter months and raise the next generation…….. I have to be honest and quietly admit I’m kinda glad in a way. Less people out on my precious refuge.   🙂

Sunset

I found some Coot  huddled up this week too. Another sign that the coming days will be short and the temps will mandate sweat shirts and jackets. Looks like it’s going to be crowded this year.  Hope I get some nice images.

Coot

Let’s look at a ‘Gator and A couple Great White Heron’s causin a ruckus.

Soooooooooooo. I get to share a couple of posts I did this week. Kinda chilly tonight, and after Johnny made a tremendous beef stew for dinner (that pressure cooker is handy!), we are fat and lazy. While the dishes soak, and Van Helsing (Dracula) is on t.v., I have been looking thru some images.

We are a winter destination for a lot of the migratory birds, and they are beginning to arrive, while the residents are getting ready for the cooler weather that lies ahead.

I try to walk during lunch, and Wednesday, this little guy was in his normal spot, enjoying the sun. I’ve watched him grow, and he has had a good year, I wish he wasn’t so thin, but he will bulk up. 🙂

Little Alligator

While I was watching him watching me, these two showed up out of nowhere, and started up.

Great White Heron

Great White Heron

Great White Heron

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I thought it was cool, and I wanted to share it with you. I shot some Spoonbill’s I’ll share with you the next post. But right now,I gotta go get started on the dishes.  Have a good weekend.

Suz

How to straighten an image

My Photo 101 Odyssey

Since we don’t have “an assignment” @Photo101 this weekend, I want to help some of you make your images a little better by having nice leading lines that will take my eye to the subject you intended me to see, and not being distracted by irregular lines of sight: Tilted horizons, rooms that have slanted walls, you get the idea.

We all do it, and have witnessed others. Maybe we don’t notice it. Or don’t know how to fix it. A lot of us can’t afford  expensive photo editing software. I have a solution for you. I’m gong to show you a very nice photo imaging program that is FREE, and then have you work on an image of yours, to show you how easy it is to make an image better. This is an opportunity for us to help each other, right? 🙂

First of all, click here for…

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Day 2 Photo 101 Subject: Today is Street

My Photo 101 Odyssey

I can see with the time difference, this may be a daunting task to make sure I get the assignments done on the right day. Being from the southern end of the east coast, this is one of my favorite roads. Located in Alabama, at the end of the road, if you take a left, you will be in the driveway of one of my life friends. A life friend is one that knows you, and still chooses to be a part of your life. 🙂 Not all of us live in big beautifully lit cities with Hollywood themed skylines. I would love to see that one night, but if I had my rathers, I think I’d rather travel down this road. 

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