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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

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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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