Friday, December 28, 2012

Incoming .....!


Talk about lucky timing! After a late night I was really looking forward to a sleep in yesterday morning, but about 6am I had a call from P who on his regular early morning walk had spotted one of the Australasian Osprey that have been nesting in the communication tower along Hillarys Beach. I seriously considered rolling over and going back to sleep, but knowing it may be my last chance for a while I threw on some shorts, grabbed my camera and drove down to the beach. I couldn't believe my luck just as I set up the tripod, the male Osprey, landed, shook out his his plumage, turned and looked down at me as if to say 'did you get all that' and then promptly lost interest..I don't blame him I wasn't looking my best haha! I'm still not happy, but to be fair I was shooting straight into the early morning sun and I was half asleep..as a former Californian Governor once said.."I'll be back"!..I hope your week is going well as we hurtle towards the New Year, take care and stay safe. p.s. take a look at those talons.....!

31 comments:

  1. Bravo! What gumption...rolling out of bed extra early...and being awake enough to assemple your tripod. Well done. A nap is in order.

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  2. What a great sequence, with a perfect title!

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  3. GOod girl. I can promise I wouldn't roll out of bed early for a bird shot but you got some fine ones.
    Bravo!!!
    V

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  4. Wow!! Nice photos and what a lovely subject!

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  5. Terrific captures and worth rolling out of bed early!! Good for you! Hope you have a great New Years weekend!! Enjoy!

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  6. Smashing! Amazing how photography changes our routine. Great photos.

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  7. Una bella imagen.
    Un abrazo.
    A beautiful picture.
    A hug.

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  8. They welcome that nest in that area, I guess.

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  9. Bonza photos and you took these only wearing a pair of shorts??.

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  10. It will be an early night for you tonight, Grace! Super shots - worth the sacrifice.

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  11. Hello! That's a big bird! The post below looks rather yummy too. Happy new year!

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  12. Awesome! Like she's saying: "Are you looking at my bum?!"

    LOL

    Friendly Aloha from Honolulu,
    Comfort Spiral
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  13. Fantastic! The 6th one looks like a dancer!

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  14. Your second last picture is fantastic.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  15. Good job! Well worth and early morning call. It is so much fun when you finally capture those elusive shots.

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  16. Always two hands of air beneath his wings, and a great Friday for you all.

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  17. Magnificent shots! And I love the one with him looking straight on at you.

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  18. Looks like that bird mean business.

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  19. Well captured. In the second last photo, he is looking at you, sizing you up for breakfast perhaps.

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  20. Your dedication has been rewarded Grace. Wonderful shots. What a thrill.

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  21. What a spectacle!
    Wishing you a great 2013!
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  22. What a lovely surprise for you in the morning. That's fantastic!
    Duncan In Kuantan

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  23. Well it was worth to come over in the early morning.

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  24. My goodness he was having a good shake out and you caught some great shots. So you deserve after getting out of bed early and driving to the beach. All I can say is that you are a dedicated photographer.

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  25. Motivation is everything. I'm afraid I would have gone back to sleep and missed this. Great shots, Grace. I think you're lucky this avian didn't sweep down and with those sharp talons pluck your camera right out of your hands. But then again, maybe the male had been out all night searching for food and he was just plain out of pluck! :-)

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  26. A dedicated photographer! I would have rolled over. Thanks for not

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  27. So cool! Great sequence, Grace.

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  28. Grace! Wonderful. We are similar creatures of habit. When you know something is out there, you cannot sleep. Sometimes I hate the nights as I wait to get up on sunrise to rush off and find that wonderful bird or animal. It can be an exciting world if we push ourselves. Congrats on the Osprey! They are somewhat predictable over certain area, but they are never regular unless they're nesting. Love your flight shots!

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