Two chicks hatched this Spring. As of this writing, they have not yet flown though fledglings typically earn their wings at seven to eight weeks of age.
This is the first year I have attempted to chronicle the hatching season due to the fact that wildlife photography is not my specialty. My longest lens is 250mm (APS-C) which is the equivalent of 400mm (1.6 x 250) on a full frame camera, but the results were disappointing.
My 2000mm bridge camera has a smaller sensor so even though it can get closer, the images are lacking detail. What I need is a Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens, but at US$9,000 … who can afford that?
Ron Dudley (Feathered Photography) produces masterful images with the Canon lens, but I can’t justify spending that kind of money.
Even the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens (US$2,199) is a lot to spend when you consider that millions of people have lost their jobs.
So I have captured around 100 video clips and images with the gear that I have and hope to present it here once the fledglings have taken their first flight.
An article in the National Geographic said that the mark of excellence in nature photography is whether you can see the eyes of your subject. Well, this project will fail that test, but should still be interesting.
Photos by Donna is the inspiration for this photo series, and I have to bow to her superior talent and skill at chronicling the activity at an Osprey nest near her home.
(This image was so noisy that the only way to save it was to apply a creative filter.)