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More Osprey Photography from Blue Cypress Lake

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As mentioned previously, there are a number of blog posts coming showing the bird life of Florida from the trip in early 2016, & this is the 2nd of several posts in which I will publish images of some of the wildlife that I was lucky enough to photograph during the week-long trip to photograph ospreys in Florida.

PS my favourite image from this set, is right at the bottom, I was saving, what I thought was the best until last!

A Female Osprey Perched On The Edge Of Her Nest Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

A female osprey perched on the edge of her nest waiting for the return of her mate

A Female Osprey Patiently Awaits The Return Of Her Mate Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

One of the female ospreys patiently awaits the return of her mate &, hopefully, freshly caught food for their young

Following A Successful Fishing Expedition, One Of The Male Ospreys Removes The Head From It's Catch Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

One of the male ospreys, having successfully fished, removes the head of the fish, prior to returning to the nest

An Osprey Looks Backwards Back Towards The Lake Itself Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

One of the Ospreys, gently lit in the beautiful light that we experienced virtually every morning, looks backwards, back towards Blue Cypress Lake itself

A Female Osprey Sitting On Her Nest, Later In The Week, We Saw Her Newly Hatched Young Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

A female osprey sitting on her nest, later in the week, we saw her newly hatched young peeking above the edge of the nest

An Osprey Perched On The Ramshackle Collection Of Twigs, Branches And Lichen That Make Up The Nest Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

One of Blue Cypress Lake’s ospreys perched on the ramshackle collection of twigs, branches and lichen that make up the nest

An Osprey Returns To The Nest Following An Expedition Out To The Lake Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

An osprey returns to the nest following an expedition out to the lake

An Osprey About To Land On It's Nest With The Remains Of A Fish Caught From The Lake Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

A Floridian osprey about to land on it’s nest with the remains of a fish caught from Blue Cypress Lake

Heading Out Before Dawn Each Day, Ensured That We Experienced Beautiful Sunrises Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

Heading out before dawn each day, ensured that we experienced beautiful sunrises as the sun rose opposite all the cypress trees that grow into & from the lake

As The Sun Rose, The Ospreys Came To Life And Began To Leave The Nests Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

As the sun rose, the ospreys came to life and began to leave the nests, as long as we had made it to position correctly, silhouette shots were there for the taking

An Osprey Rides The Thermals Above Blue Cypress Lake Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

An osprey rides the warming thermals above Blue Cypress Lake

An Osprey Patiently Watches The Fish In The Lake Below Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

An osprey patiently watches the fish in the shallows of Blue Cypress Lake below

JOIN NATURESLENS ON THE OSPREY PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAY FOR YOURSELF

We have an opportunity in 2019 for you to undertake osprey photography for yourself, the photography holiday costs £3749 exc travel to Florida itself – all transportation within Florida, accommodation & guidance/tuition from myself is included, the date for the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake is April 13 – 21, 2018.

To hold a place on the trip, we only require an £800 deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

An Osprey Prepares For Flight Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

An osprey prepares for flight – opportunities for images like this present themselves many times during each session on the lake, the density of ospreys means all types of behaviour are easily photographed

Showcasing Florida’s Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake

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An Osprey Perched On The Very Top Of One Of Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

In April 2016, I was lucky enough to lead a group of clients & friends to Florida on the NatureLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday, our main target – rather obviously – the ospreys, that have made the cypress trees that have grown on the banks on Blue Cypress Lake their home.
An Osprey Flies Out From Amongst The Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
This is the 1st of several posts in which I will publish images of some of the wildlife that I was lucky enough to photograph on the week-long trip.
An Osprey Perched On The Very Top Of One Of Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
During the 7 days that the trip took place over, we ventured out onto the lake every morning prior to sunrise, returning 4 hours later when the light became too harsh for photography.
An Osprey Flies Amongst The Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
It was evident that although a large number of osprey chicks had already hatched, the need for nesting material was still vast, with many birds returning to nests with large amounts of material to build or line the nest with.
An Osprey Returns With Fresh Nesting Material To It's Nest Amongst The Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
Talons Loaded With Fresh Nesting Material, An Returns To It's Nest Amongst The Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
At the beginning of the week, the osprey chicks were barely tall enough to see over the edge of the nest, within the next 7 days, after being fed each day with fish caught by both the parents, the chicks were large enough for us to clearly observe them & their behaviour.
Fiercely Protective Of The Young In The Nest, One Of The Female Ospreys Warns Off Any Intruders Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
The sheer number of ospreys – there must be a nest in every other tree – coupled with the number of chicks demanding to be fed, lead to a constant back & forth of adult birds, heading out then returning with freshly caught fish, of a number of varieties, to feed their ravenous young.
An Osprey Returns From A Successful Dive With A Fish Grippeed In It's Claws Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday
An Osprey Returns To The Nest Clutching A Fish For The Young Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography HolidayBlue Cypress Lake, itself, is a large lake with a shoreline that has seen very little development, on the shoreline itself are  hundreds of beautiful cypress trees; it is these trees that create a perfect nesting environment for the ospreys & their chicks.
An Osprey Circles And Stares Directly Into The Camera Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday   An Osprey Lands On The Very Topmost Branches Of One Of The Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday  An Osprey Perches At The Top Of One Of The Cypress Trees Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

Big thanks to Fabiola & Alfred, who were a great help with information when I was initially setting the trip up.

It is my intention to return to Florida & the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake in April 2018, for a follow-up trip; as well as the ospreys & the birds of the rookeries, we will be seeking out opportunities with barred owls in the late afternoon – & have dedicated an additional 2 days to photography of Cape Coral’s Burrowing Owls.

Join Natureslens to Photograph the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake for Yourself

We have an opportunity in 2019 for you to photograph the fabulous Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake, the photography holiday costs £3749 exc travel to Florida itself – all transportation within Florida, accommodation & guidance/tuition from myself is included, the date for the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake is April 13 – 21, 2018.

To hold a place on the trip, we only require an £800 deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

Having Just Left The Nest, An Osprey Flies Out To Catch A Fish On The Lake Photographed On The NatureLens Ospreys Of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

A great selection of client images from our Osprey Photography Holiday

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If you ever wondered how some of our photography holidays come about, many of them are worked on with our clients, between us ideas are born & from there progressed, or as Derek, who attended the NaturesLens Osprey Photography Holiday, says …

“It was about two years ago that David & I started talking  about the possibilities of photographing Ospreys in Florida. We had both decided that most of the different possibilities of photographing Ospreys in the UK had pretty much been done to death & we wanted to try and get a different portfolio of Osprey images.

David did a lot of work in putting the trip together & also included a variety of birds other than the ospreys at ‘rookeries’ as it was the nesting season for most egret & heron type birds. David, using his contacts in Florida, also managed to locate a site to photograph the 3rd rarest bird in North America, the Snail Kite!

We all knew the trip would be good but it was not until we got there we realised how good … the photography opportunities were simply amazing & the lake setting quite magical just on it’s own.

Hopefully, the images that I captured below will go some way to demonstrating the superb photographic opportunity, I would fully recommend the trip to anyone who wants that different & special image.”

Here is a selection of the images that Derek captured whilst in Florida attending our Osprey Photography Holiday during late-April 2016 …

Wings fully spread, an osprey comes in to land at the nest - most nests are at eye level or just above - meaning photography is engaging - photographed on the NaturesLens Osprey Photography Holiday conducted in Florida during April 2016 Read more

‘Osprey Photography Heaven’

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Below are some of the images captured by one of our clients on the recent Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday, the photography holiday was described by one guest as ‘exceeding all my expectations of how many ospreys we would be able to photograph’, whilst another stated ‘this is osprey photography heaven’!

Heading out to make another catch, one of the many ospreys that flew above the boat evey morning - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

These comments are from guests who have spent a lot of time in Scotland, photographing the ospreys in the Highlands – principally Aviemore; instead of waiting several hours for an osprey to dive, each early morning boat trip in Florida saw many ospreys overhead, in their nests, calling, fishing, chasing one & other – every type of behaviour was on show, for hours at a time! Read more

Launch price for the 2017 Ospreys of Florida Photography Holiday

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As the sun rises over the lake, casting a blue reflection over the surrounding Cypress trees, hundreds of nesting Ospreys come into view. From an early morning boat trip, the light bathing this remarkable location in golden tones, you will have the opportunity to capture the magnificent Osprey in its glory – join NaturesLens on an odyessy to Florida & an eight-night trip to photograph the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake.

Heading out to make another catch, one of the many ospreys that flew above the boat evey morning - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

Blue Cypress Lake – so called because of the blue appearance of the cypress trees as the morning sun’s rays reflect off the water – is an idyllic destination for photographers wishing to add remarkable bird images to their wildlife photography portfolio.

Hundreds of Ospreys nest in the beautiful Cypress trees that adorn the lake. There were over 200 nesting pairs at last count, all in the trees which dot the lake’s shoreline & grow into the water. The NaturesLens Ospreys of Cypress Lake wildlife tour is focused on these fascinating birds & their wonderful natural habitat.

Soaring just above the boat, the magnificent osprey - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

We visit in May, which affords numerous opportunities to observe the parent birds soaring out across the lake, back dropped by clear blue skies above, & clear blue water below, to hunt for fish to feed their nesting chicks. Watch as the large raptor, with wings that can grow almost two metres in length, dives into the cool waters, plucking bass to return to its young.

The beauty of the morning as the sun breaks cover over Blue Cypress Lake - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

During five early morning boat trips, you will spend around three hours on the lake, photographing the Ospreys at eye level, nesting, diving for fish & gathering nest material.

In addition to the osprey trips, we include one early morning boat trip to a different lake to photograph the snail kites which are found in the area, this is an extremely rare raptor that has been seeing some growth in the Florida area over the last few years.

Every afternoon, we have access to the boat to visit either the snail kites or, more likely, the local rookeries, where you will be able to capture images of the beautiful roseate spoonbills, the various types of egret & their young.

Rookery photography presents opportunities for superb osebill photography - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

Rookery photography presents opportunities for egret & rosebill photography - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

On the Saturday, we leave the Vero Beach area, transferring to Cape Coral, where we will have a later afternoon & an early morning session capturing images of the burrowing owls of the area, these are similar to our little owls but live in the main community areas of Cape Coral, as well as being able to photograph them in the public areas, we have access to a number of private areas that afford cleaner backdrops & nicer perches.

As with all NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays, small group sizes guarantee prime positions during the boat trips & at other photography locations, with space to work to capture breath-taking images.

We are launching the 2017 photography holiday this weekend, all newsletter subscribers are offered a promotional price of £3249 to join the trip, this works out to approximately £400 per day, which includes all accommodation, ground transportation, burrowing owl photography sessions & twelve AM & PM boat trips to the lakes typically of 3-4 hours duration each. Guidance & tuition by tour leader David Miles is also included, giving guests new to the area expert insight into the birds & their routines.

There are only 3 places available at the special offer price!

The 2016 trip was described by one guest as ‘exceeding all my expectations of how many ospreys we would be able to photograph’, whilst another stated ‘this is osprey photography heaven’!

Blue Cypress Lake Osprey Photography Holiday

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We have just posted the event page & details for an osprey photography holiday, ospreys are a favourite subject of ours, nesting, diving & skimming the lochs of the Scottish Highlands, they were one of the first subjects that both pushed our abilities & gave us an adrenalin rush, our latest tour ventures further afield than Scotland however; we are heading to Blue Cypress Lake in Florida, where there are between 200 & 300 osprey nests located in the cypress trees around the lake itself.

An Osprey soars above Blue Cypress Lake in Florida - the kind of photographic opportunity that is available on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

Spanning seven days, the NaturesLens Blue Cypress Lake Osprey Photography Holiday will include day & evening boat trips out on to the lake on most days, it also includes a day visit to the Viera Wetlands Centre a haven for birdlife & a day visit to an alligator farm with a large wading bird rookery – both offer great photographic opportunities. The timing of the trip is deliberate so that we can observe the parents bringing fish to their new offspring. We should be able to photograph Ospreys on their nests at eye level, diving for fish or gathering nest material. Read more

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Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

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As the sun rises over the lake, casting a blue reflection over the surrounding Cypress trees, hundreds of nesting Ospreys come into view. From an early morning boat trip, the light bathing this remarkable location in golden tones, you will have the opportunity to capture the magnificent Osprey in its glory – join NaturesLens on an odyessy to Florida & an eight-night trip to photograph the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake.

Heading out to make another catch, one of the many ospreys that flew above the boat evey morning - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

Blue Cypress Lake – so called because of the blue appearance of the cypress trees as the morning sun’s rays reflect off the water – is an idyllic destination for photographers wishing to add remarkable bird images to their wildlife photography portfolio.

Hundreds of Ospreys nest in the beautiful Cypress trees that adorn the lake. There were over 200 nesting pairs at last count, all in the trees which dot the lake’s shoreline & grow into the water. The NaturesLens Ospreys of Cypress Lake wildlife tour is focused on these fascinating birds & their wonderful natural habitat.

We visit in April, which affords numerous opportunities to observe the parent birds soaring out across the lake, back dropped by clear blue skies above, & clear blue water below, to hunt for fish to feed their nesting chicks. Watch as the large raptor, with wings that can grow almost two metres in length, dives into the cool waters, plucking bass to return to its young.

An Osprey perches with a freshly caught fish - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

During five early morning boat trips, you will spend around three hours on the lake, photographing the Ospreys at eye level, nesting, diving for fish & gathering nest material.

In addition to the osprey trips, we include one early morning boat trip to a different lake to photograph the snail kites which are found in the area, this is an extremely rare raptor that has been seeing some growth in the Florida area over the last few years.

Every afternoon, we have access to the boat to visit either the snail kites or, more likely, the local rookeries, where you will be able to capture images of the beautiful roseate spoonbills, the various types of egret & their young.

On the Saturday, we leave the Vero Beach area, transferring to Cape Coral, where we will have a later afternoon & an early morning session capturing images of the burrowing owls of the area, these are similar to our little owls but live in the main community areas of Cape Coral, as well as being able to photograph them in the public areas, we have access to a number of private areas that afford cleaner backdrops & nicer perches.

As with all NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays, small group sizes guarantee prime positions during the boat trips & at other photography locations, with space to work to capture breath-taking images.

An osprey sits atop it's nest - photographed as the sun rose on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

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