The absolute best location to photograph Ospreys in Florida is located East of Orlando. The high concentration of low altitude nests combined with a beautiful natural habitat landscape make this photography spot very special. The nests are located along the bank of a pristine lake that boasts magnificent cypress trees. When shooting from a boat, it is possible to come reasonably close and find some nests at your shoulder height. With so many natural nests replaced by poles, like at Fort Desoto, there are fewer and fewer natural habitat places to properly photograph those fishing machines. Check out the coming Florida Osprey photography workshop to get the opportunity to enjoy this rare combination!

Osprey in flight - Florida photography

Osprey in flight
ISO 640 | f/5.6 | 1/3200 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focusing
This photograph was created with the Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens (review) and the Canon EOS 5D mark III.

The Osprey photograph above was created a few wing flaps after the bird took off from a perch. I really like the diagonal angle of the wings. Diagonals and triangle formations are very powerful in composition.

Osprey photography tour

Osprey ruffling its feathers
ISO 640 | f/8 | 1/3200 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focusing
This photograph was created with the Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens (review) and the Canon EOS 5D mark III.

During cold mornings, there are higher chances of seeing the birds fluffing their feathers as above. Fluffing helps capture as much air as possible in the feathers. Then, the body heat of the Ospreys warms the air, which in turn keeps the raptor warm.

Osprey squawking - Photography workshop

Osprey squawking
ISO 640 | f/5.6 | 1/1600 sec. | Manual mode | AI servo rear focusing
This photograph was created with the Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens (review) and the Canon EOS 5D mark III.

Ospreys have a very distinct squawk and are often heard bellowing along the sea and lake shores. It was one of my early games to make the difference between Osprey and Red shouldered Hawk screeches.

Don’t miss your chance to join a small group of four participants only for this amazing bird photography tour!

Florida Ospreys Photography Tour – $1,490

March 30th-31st 2019 / limit 4 people – 3 openings

Very small group of four people only! 3 boat rides on a pristine cypress trees lake and 2 working lunch sessions with lunch included. $300 deposit. Send me an email at steven@stevenbirdphotography.com
Florida Ospreys Photography Tour

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