Great day at the Osprey nest!

Great day at the Osprey nest!

It was such a beautiful day yesterday that I decided a trip to the Osprey nest was in order. Blue skies, low 80s in temp, a breeze..perfect. There were a few friends there I hadn’t seen in a while and it was great to see them too. The Osprey chicks had started fledging the day before and would fly out and return regularly. One last chick was a holdout though. We were able to get some great shots of the Dad bringing in a fish but then leaving with it trying to get the last one to fledge. It came so close but as of 5p.m. last night it was still in the nest. We had lots of activity with 4 intruder Ospry flying overhead and at one time trying to steal the fish from Dad. The 2 babies just ducked down low in the nest. Great day, I think I shot about 500 images in all! That is a lot for me!

Probably as exciting as the Osprey was using the new gimbal head from Sirui too! I am a total equipment geek and love great gear. The PH20 is a carbon fiber gimbal head which reduces some weight as well. The head is as steady and smooth as a Mississippi River gambler! Panning and tracking was great. When I was locked in at the nest the balancing ability of the head is awesome. I have never used a gimbal head with better response. Now I have to pick up my game to match it’s abilities!

Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-7200, Aperture Priority, f8, -0 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 400, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/1600th of a second, Sirui R4214X tripod and PH20 gimbal head, Peak Design Leash, processed in Lightroom CC.

Osprey 062815b copy


Sirui PH20 062815 copy


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