Bird on a Wire~

Ospreys aren’t usually avid people watchers.

But this guy was!

He couldn’t hide his cross-eyed curiosity about the strange human looking up at him.

Eventually, he resumed more raptor-like disdain,

and went about the serious business of people ignoral.

He focused on anything but the nosy photographer.

Finally, my presence outlived his patience,

and off he flew in a rapturous huff!

Cheers to you from the people-watching osprey~

252 thoughts on “Bird on a Wire~

        1. Thank you John. I started the photos at maximum zoom, but slowly and deliberately moved closer and closer, which some birds tolerate. By the time I was closest, I was no longer at full zoom and those photos had the best clarity. Although the photos of him looking at me, were when I first arrived, and he was checking me out to determine if I was a threat. Those photos were all maximum zoom.

          1. The HX400V is very modestly priced in today’s camera world, and your photos are a strong testament to its capabilities. Of course, I always look at the negative reviews first, which EVERY camera has. It still looks like a good camera for me and my mercurial participation in photography.

            1. It is a good camera. The variable zoom and stabilization is what makes it special. Sony has not released a 500, so I wonder if they are discontinuing the series which would be very disappointing to me. The improvements with each new model were impressive. The only downside from my point of view is that it is a rather delicate camera, due to the movement of the zoom, it needs to be handled gently, but this is worth it in my book. I hope you buy one. I want to see your photos!

  1. Those are glorious photos! I’ve only had one osprey interaction and that one watched me, too, which made me think that was the norm. Guess I totally lucked out! πŸ™‚

    1. More likely Marlene, he was waiting, and hoping, I would stand more directly under him, so he could drop a well warmed fishy gift, right on my upraised head! πŸ˜‰

  2. Cindy Wow! Such a stately bird. I didn’t know ospreys looked that way. He’s kind of a cross between and eagle and hawk, but also has his own unique features. Very beautiful. I’m amazed, what wonderful photos.

    1. Clever question, red pants. See:
      “Distinguishing color is important; even for raptors. Like us, all diurnal birds see in color, because the cones (color detecting cells) that give them such keen eye-sight also allow them to see colors. What role does color play for a raptor? Most importantly, colors allow them to differentiate prey from background, and subtle color shadings increase the probability of prey capture. This is so important that, while humans have three sets of cones, most birds have four sets of cones with one additional set beyond the blue range. Color is also important in reproduction, as nestlings often display brightly colored mouths so that it is easy for parents to feed them.”

  3. If it were not for your magic eye, we could not enjoy these incredible photos. I do not know if the birds are impressive or are your photos that make her look like that.

    1. You are very kind and touch my heart. The birds are definitely impressive. It is when we are able to see them closely that we realize this. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

  4. As always a delight to view your photos … I’m smiling at the twist of the osprey watching you! Love the last line of β€˜rapturous huff’! Just so! πŸ˜€

    1. I wish he had gotten just a teeny bit closer. I was dive bombed by Harrier Hawks in South America, but I was prepared for it, and wore a thick hat and glasses, and knew when to duck. It was actually exhilarating. This guy I was not expecting to see, so I was not prepared, and hence you really are quite correct <3

  5. what a cutie! I always wonder what animals think when we stare at us…… they think the same thing when we stare at other people???? or are they thinking meals…like to cook or grill or marinate…with or without a side dish….. ???????

  6. Thick feathers I wold love to pet. He’s absolutely gorgeous and your photographs are, as always, stunning. I’m going to reblog all of this beauty so some others can enjoy it and be amazed by all the fabulousness of your work.

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  8. Cindy! There was an osprey in Wisconsin that I didn’t get to see up close, not far from my parent’s retirement home. A Nat’l Geographic photog set up a tent high in a tree to get photos. I did see the tent, not him or the osprey. This bird is majestic!

    1. This reminds of when I was viewing grizzly bears fishing for salmon in Canada, and our hosts told us that Nat’l Geo photographers got underwater with the salmon to photograph the bears and their teeth and claws from the salmon’s perspective. Utterly nuts in my opinion, but I am sure the photos were incredible!

  9. I didn’t realize ospreys are cross-eyed (or is it a peculiarity for this particular birdie??) Great bunch of photos, Cindy. I’d have been a little leery over being so close to him!!

    1. They are cross eyed when looking at a single object directly in front of them. Their eyes have more peripheral vision than ours, so the pupils move around more.

    1. Frightening thought. If the two lines have different electrical potential, then electrons will move through the body of the bird, and the bird will be electrocuted.

  10. How beautiful! I can’t even begin to imagine how thrilling it must have been to see such a magnificent bird. His colors are so striking even though they are only black and white. You did a phenomenal job capturing him!

      1. Oh, Cindy! Thank you so much. I am so blessed to have met wonderful people such as you, too.
        I don’t always have time to comment, but I so enjoy your blog and pictures.
        Blessings, my friend~πŸ’–

  11. What an amazing bird. Don’t think I’d like to be caught in that hooked beak or its claws.

    I can’t get over how clear and sharp your bird images are, Cindy.

    1. I love raptors, but I am much bigger than them. So I can fully appreciate their lethality without being threatened by it. If they were bigger, or I was smaller, I would dig instantly into the earth, just like voles, and desperately hope I evaded them.

    1. Thank you very much. Wild animals and wild birds will stare into the lens of a camera not attached to a tripod, but to a human being. It’s odd, but it’s true.

    1. Good for you. You are seeing. Seeing them in strange locations is such a testament to their ingenious survivability. I think they may be one of the most ubiquitous birds, present on the most continents.

    1. Maybe he’s flattered you think he is a black and white peacock! Because he can see colors, better than you and I, and must be impressed with peacocks, if he’s seen them. He would probably eat a peacock, if it’s colors, and feathers fanned, weren’t so confusing.
      Love to you Resa <3

  12. I am always amused how animals become nervous if you stare at them, Cindy. Even cats. I am sure that the osprey was a bit curious as well as disgusted, probably about the fact that you were disrupting its hunting routine!

    1. It’s odd because they don’t like being stared at, but they seem fascinated by the camera lens and never see me without it attached to my face so maybe they think I am not human. Plus Herbert, our cat, stares intently in our eyes for the longest time. Our vet says his making direct eye contact is “unusual.”

      1. Mmmm, bordering on steampunk with that camera attached to your face, Cindy. I’ve had birds perch on my lens.
        I’ve stared down a few growling dogs in my day. πŸ™‚ –Curt

      1. Truckee, heading to visit my niece in Santa Cruz for the weekend. Fly out Tues. LOTS of snow in Truckee! Makes home look meager, but it is colder there. Spring won’t be too long now, however (hurrah).
        How is Santiago?

        1. Lots of epic snow! It’s wonderful, considering the horrid drought. My son says it is raining at The Holler, and more rain forecast.
          My daughter and the twins are in Santa Cruz.
          It is a small world.
          I can’t wait to see your photos of the California poppies and am glad that worked out well.
          We are in Mexico now, connect to Santiago on Saturday.

    1. I have flown away and will miss them, but I know it is going to be an historic bloom. The California Poppy bloom is historic and epic too, but I also missed that!
      I would love to see both, darn it.

        1. Yes. I know just what you mean!
          But, the Ospreys I see always seem disheveled, as if they had battled something they found hard to digest, so I understand completely what you are saying.
          But really they are always this rumpled looknig. It seems almost like a disguise. To fool you into thinking they aren’t instantly ready to attack again.

  13. There’s my Osprey! 😊 Just teasing, Cindy, your images are gorgeous! Boy, they can give some fierce stares at times, and they do keep their eye on us humans. I don’t blame them. πŸ™‚

    1. Yep, your osprey stoppedy by for a visit, so I could send you some photos proving he gets around! They as fierce as every raptor. People who own them, don’t posess them, they just cage and fly them. I think I love them as much as you do.

    1. Yes, the term may be piercing. Raptor eyes are piercing and their vision blows my mind. When I find them with my super zoom lens, they are already staying intently at me with no super zoom capability. They are just amazing animals. Thank you so much for appreciating them.

  14. I don’t know when you’ll ever see this, what with all the comments, but I love your witty narrative with sequences such as this one with the beautiful osprey. You gave me a good chuckle.

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