An Osprey’s bath

A bathing Osprey - © Christopher Martin-2750

I watched this osprey bathe in a shallow stretch of the Bow River in the Banff National Park on the weekend.  The splashing around and dunking under water reminded me of my son when he’s having a soak in the bathtub.

An Osprey's launch - © Christopher Martin-2418

After delivering a fish to his mate, he flew off, gliding under the bridge the nest is built on top of.

An Osprey in the Banff National Park - © Christopher Martin-2675

An Osprey in flight along the Bow River - © Christopher Martin-2669

He took a break to soak for a few minutes and then dry out his feathers for a couple more.

A bathing Osprey - © Christopher Martin-2703

A bathing Osprey - © Christopher Martin-2742

After a long shake, the Osprey flew back to a high point to better survey the water.

A bathing Osprey - © Christopher Martin-2755

11 responses

  1. Kaypius

    Breathtaking shots!

    April 27, 2016 at 11:26 pm

  2. Mike Hohmann

    Incredible shots, Christopher. I’ve just got to get back up your way… Banff PP, Jasper PP, Willmore Widerness, the Liard River area, Wells Gray PP and the Clearwater R., Yoho, Crowsnest PP areas I spent six weeks exploring over a decade ago. And there is so much more to see. ove your photos, keep up the good work!

    April 27, 2016 at 10:09 pm

  3. I’m heading up to your area in a little over a week. I’m hoping to get some great photos. Love these photos . . . and all of your wildlife photos.

    April 27, 2016 at 8:28 am

  4. Magnificent birds

    April 27, 2016 at 8:25 am

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  6. janvdijk9464

    Reblogged this on janencarinvandijk.

    April 27, 2016 at 7:08 am

  7. Incredible photos. Thank you so much for sharing this special capture of osprey.

    April 26, 2016 at 11:37 pm

  8. You’ve captured the incredible detail and form of these beautiful birds, Christopher. Great series.

    April 26, 2016 at 10:28 pm

  9. Sally

    Stunning as always. Sally

    April 26, 2016 at 6:07 pm

  10. Cesar Lardies


    April 26, 2016 at 5:57 pm

  11. Awesome. We have them all over here but I have yet to be in a position where I can photograph them. I always see them when I am driving and of course they are not around when I am out looking for them.

    April 26, 2016 at 5:49 pm

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