Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fishy Story

Like the Alewife, I too have been drawn to the rivers of Maine.  They come to spawn and raise the next generation.  I come because they come, which attracts the Osprey, which attracts me and my camera.  Thursday started as a slow day, but finished with a special treat.


Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

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The photographers call this the "Doggie Shake". Shortly after they take off following a dive, they do a whole body shake to shed excess water & weight.

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Osprey will maneuver the fish so it will be flying head first in its most aerodynamic orientation

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Catching two fish simultaneously is only the start of the challenge

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With two feel you can firmly grasp one fish

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The eagles are sometime attracted to the Osprey. They will harass an Osprey that has caught a fish. They then chase the Osprey until it drops the fish. The eagle then snatches it....Wouldn't it be easier for the eagles to just fish themselves?

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The eagles will even harrass each other for fish

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mainely Osprey

Yesterday waa the sort of day that makes you glad you woke up at 3:30AM and drove 3+ hours to Maine to take photographys. This is the time of year where alewives make their migration from the sea, up rivers to fresh water to spawn and raise the next generation. Whenever there are lots of fish, you generally find lots of birds.

Reports from Down East had been sketchy but I decided to take a chance and make the day trip. (Especially since was the only day that my schedule & the weather would cooperate for over a week.)

 While the migration may not have not yet been going full steam, there were enough fish to attract enough osprey for it to have been worth my while getting sun & wind burned. Here are a few shots from yesterday, for you viewing pleasure. (Click on the photo to see a larger version.)

Light Chronicle | Photography: 2015-0514 ME Osprey &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: 2015-0514 ME Osprey &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: 2015-0514 ME Osprey &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: 2015-0514 ME Osprey &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: 2015-0514 ME Osprey &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: 2015-0514 ME Osprey &emdash;