After the Osprey’s plunge

Osprey in the Bow River - © Christopher Martin-3235

The pair of Ospreys I photographed in the Banff National Park a couple of weeks ago spent most of the afternoon with her on the nest and him perched high in trees over the Bow River.  I waited a couple of hours for one of them to dive into the water for a fish.

Osprey on the Bow River - © Christopher Martin-3207

It happened once, and it was fast.  I missed the descent and the initial contact with the water.  That bugged me but I got locked in once he surfaced.

Osprey in the Bow River - © Christopher Martin-3227

I hoped to see a fish in his clutches but when his talons were out of the water and visible, there was no such luck – for them or me.  It was interesting to watch the lifting into the air so I was not dismayed in any real way.

Osprey in the Bow River - © Christopher Martin-3231-2

Flying past me, I waited to see where the next perch would be. I wanted to see if I would continue to be in a good location for the next dive.  The Osprey had other ideas, and flew upriver, disappearing around a bend several hundred metres away.  I watched that bend for a little while, in case there was a return flight, but ended the day shortly after that and headed home.

Osprey in the Bow River - © Christopher Martin-3267

19 responses

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  2. You have amazing photos. I just wanted to ask you something. Where were these photos taken? Because this place looks interesting to visit. Thanks.

    May 9, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    • Hi – I was in the Banff National Park at the Castle Junction. It is halfway between Lake Louise and Banff. I hope you are able to visit.

      May 10, 2016 at 6:36 am

      • Wow… what country. Im sorry because I’m all the way from Southeast Asia. This is so exciting! You’re like the first person to reply to ny comment.

        May 11, 2016 at 4:35 am

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  4. Tristan Gaveau

    J’aime beaucoup vos photos, elles sont superbes !

    May 6, 2016 at 5:31 am

  5. Anonymous

    J’aime beaucoup vos photos, elles sont superbes !

    May 6, 2016 at 5:29 am

  6. Thanks for waiting so patiently near these birds so we get to see such beautiful pictures!

    May 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm

  7. Es sind so schöne Vögel. Das baumbild gefällt mir besonders.

    May 5, 2016 at 8:58 am

  8. Is this the osprey nest at Castle Junction? I stop by it whenever I’m in the area.

    May 5, 2016 at 8:01 am

  9. Amazing captures of a Beautiful Fellow 🙂

    May 5, 2016 at 7:20 am

  10. Amazing shots! I need to get out and photograph all the Osprey we have here.

    May 5, 2016 at 6:34 am

  11. foto mervigliose

    May 5, 2016 at 5:39 am

  12. You made beautiful pictures. I went in Canada 8 years ago

    May 5, 2016 at 3:26 am

  13. amazing post

    May 5, 2016 at 3:25 am

  14. Your photos are amazing Christopher. They always tell a story.

    May 5, 2016 at 3:04 am

    • Thank you so much Miriam – I’m honoured that you enjoy the stories.

      May 6, 2016 at 8:42 am

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