Ospreys at the Castle Junction

Osprey in flight - © Christopher Martin-0876

Last week I spent a day walking, sitting, waiting and watching along the Bow River in the Banff National Park.  I was enthralled with the comings and goings of four Ospreys centred around their part of the river at the Castle Junction between Banff and Lake Louise.

Osprey banking in flight - © Christopher Martin-8729

My last visit with them was in April and there were only two of these sea hawks flying around.  It was wonderful to see their two chicks now almost fully matured.

Osprey on the nest - © Christopher Martin-7707

Four large raptors on one nest, even theirs which is massive, is pretty crowded accommodations.

Osprey in the Castle Junction - © Christopher Martin-8851

The parents seemed very feisty with the young ones, cajoling them to get airborne with squawks and dive bombs.

Ospreys around their nest - © Christopher Martin-8807

Amid all of the excitement, the birds circled the nest, perched in the trees over the river and they flew nearby several times.  I would imagine they will migrate south in less than a month so I will try to get back to spend time watching them before they go.

Osprey in flight - © Christopher Martin-0871

Banff Osprey in flight - © Christopher Martin-8733

Osprey fishing flight - © Christopher Martin-8049

Osprey fish flight - © Christopher Martin-8051

Osprey fish fight - © Christopher Martin-0962

Ospreys in flight - © Christopher Martin-8684

14 responses

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  2. Kenny

    pics are very beautiful

    September 6, 2016 at 5:53 am

  3. Those eyes! Lovely!

    September 6, 2016 at 5:01 am

  4. Such a gift. I never tire of your photographs. You must live near Banff as I notice you post a lot of pictures from the area. Love it there (I live in the US but like to visit.)

    September 2, 2016 at 7:58 pm

  5. Frosty

    BEAUTIFUL SHOTS! YOU DO AMAZING WORK. I SAVE A LOT OF YOUR WORK SO I CAN GO BACK FOR VISITS AND BE AMAZED ALL OVER AGAIN. WHEN i AM HAVING A BAD DAY I JUST VISIT SOME OF YOUR LOVELY WORK AND IT ALWAYS BRIGHTENES MY DAY. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE BRIGHT DAYS I NOW HAVE SINCE I DISCOVERED YOUR WEB SITE.

    September 2, 2016 at 12:59 pm

  6. PERFECT!

    September 2, 2016 at 11:32 am

  7. The one with the sky background and the bridge girders is very captivating. All are great though 🙂

    September 2, 2016 at 10:14 am

  8. Muy bonitas fotos interesante

    September 2, 2016 at 8:01 am

  9. Patience pays off! I spent a couple of hours at that nest in the spring before the eggs hatched and I posted some decent photos on my blog, but having the time to wait for the subjects to perform allowed you to get some really great shots.

    September 2, 2016 at 7:49 am

    • It is such a beautiful location, whenever the Ospreys decide to fly around they look amazing. I will check your photos of the adults out. Agreed on the time – it is true luxury for me to have it.

      September 2, 2016 at 7:56 am

  10. Awesome shots!

    September 2, 2016 at 7:31 am

  11. Spectacular shots!

    September 2, 2016 at 6:33 am

  12. Great photography!

    September 2, 2016 at 4:34 am

  13. Lovely series of captures!

    September 2, 2016 at 4:30 am

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