Georges River Osprey

by John Briggs on May 29, 2012

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Maine Birds

This year’s annual run of Alewives at Damariscotta Mills was awesome, but the Osprey and Bald Eagle action at this location was not. We had a back up location, as one always should, just in case the bird watching and bird photography opportunities are not as expected. A 20 mile ride east was all it took to satisfy our obsession with the Osprey.

Warren sits on the Georges River on the Mid Coast of Maine. This small town has relied on alewives for its well-being since colonial times. Today, alewives are gathered as bait for Maine lobstermen. On any given day in May, Osprey and Bald Eagles are perched in trees along the river. Double-crested Cormorant and Great Blue Heron are also plentiful. Gulls squeal at a nearly deafening level as they fight over a lucky catch.

Sharon and I made several trips to Warren during the middle of May. The photos below are the result of these visits. Enjoy, and as always, comments are greatly appreciated.

P.S. I graduated with high honors on May 20th and received my degree. With more time on my hands, I hope to get out more and enjoy nature, and capture the beauty that she provides with my photography. I may go back to school in the Spring of 2013 to begin studies for my BSN degree.

The following photos were taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click one of the thumbnails below for a full-sized view, and then use your arrow key to navigate through the rest of the photos. ©2012 John Briggs Photography | All Rights Reserved

Happy birding!



Dawn Fine May 29, 2012 at 2:48 pm

so nice to see you back! Of course you may have been on Google plus, I don't get on that much. Super photos!! congratulations on you're graduation!
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Steve Borichevsky May 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm


Cynthia White May 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Congratulations! missed you and your wonderful photos!

chrisp71 May 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm

wow it was worth the 20 miles drive… Gorgeous sequences and I'm happy to see you back too John! I missed you!

allamericanbird July 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm

These photos are fabulous. Congratulations on the graduation! Best wishes if you do decide to go to back to school!

Hayden Joseph September 10, 2012 at 2:09 am

Upon seeing those photos, it reminded me of my wonderful and unforgettable trip at a birding in Perth trip. It’s a very remarkable experience because you’ll get to see the birds soar high up in the sky and how free they are.

Karl D Estrada September 17, 2012 at 12:58 am

I think one of the essentials of photographing animals is to capture them on their natural habitat and movement. Capturing birds though is a lot more challenging as you it’s best to take a photo of them on air. I tried to take pictures on the birding perth and to capture their moment on air flying was so rewarding.

AndysLens June 12, 2013 at 1:50 pm


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