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~

244 thoughts on “Bird on a Wire~

        • 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.

          • 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.

            • 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! 🙂

  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.

  3. As usual, great pictures. By the way, what could you have been wearing (or not wearing) that day? Just askin’.

    • 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.”

  4. 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.

    • 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.

  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….. ???????

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