'SpreyFest

August 08, 2013  •  4 Comments

It sucks to be an osprey at Kaibab Lake the last few weeks.  Record monsoon rains this summer in Northern Arizona has led to high runoff  and so much added sediment in the lake that you can see less than a foot deep into the water.  Imagine trying to spy a trout in a reservoir of chocolate milk from 50 feet overhead and you can understand how difficult fishing must be if you're an osprey.  On average an osprey only spends 12 minutes scanning the water before it bags a meal (yep, some ornithology student probably got a masters for figuring that one out).  But yesterday, there were up to four ospreys at one time working the lake and after several hours only one fish total had been caught.

 

Monsoon thunderheads await this osprey punching in for the afternoon shift.

 

On the flip side, it makes for plenty of good photo ops as the osprey circle over the lake repeatedly, land to rest for a bit, then run the drill all over again.  Add some rich Arizona sunset lighting and I had a productive day. 

 

Ho hum magic light on the noble raptor.

 

Yeah this 'sprey looks like it's taking the Nureyev of all poops, but it actually shat a minute before this shot was snapped and is now stretching out before going for another sortie over the lake.

 

Dive, dive, dive.  Actually this dive was aborted partway to the water.

 

A hungry osprey contemplates its next move.

Thanks for dropping by,

Verm.


Comments

Ricki Ingersoll - Julie's MOM(non-registered)
I am a bird lover. I intaglio etch, paint birds.
Are you sure Audobon Magazine does not want these shots. Fantastic!
I loved the mushrooms too!
Amy(non-registered)
Osprey yoga--whooda thunk it!
rachel(non-registered)
Yes, that stretch photo is stunning!
the rest are merely fantastic....
misty(non-registered)
That photo of the Osprey "stretching" is absolutely incredible.
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