Osprey Catching Alewife

by John Briggs on May 31, 2011

in Bird Photographs, Blog

The Alewife run at Damariscotta Mills, Maine is an annual event that I look forward to every year. Like a child anticipating Christmas day, I get restless and giddy waiting for the peak inland run from the ocean to their fresh water spawning grounds in Damariscotta Lake. Peak run this year was delayed by cool rainy weather, but it’s in full force now. The area is the best location that I’ve found to photography Osprey catching Alewives.

Several visits to the fish ladder at Damariscotta Mills over the last two weeks were somewhat disappointing. I captured a few photos of Osprey, but now that the run is at it’s peak I expect to capture several hundred photos. I am heading to the mills tomorrow morning, hoping to arrive at sunrise. Stay tuned for what I hope is an awesome day!

Bird Photography: Osprey

The following photo was taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click the thumbnail below for a full-sized view. ©2011 John Briggs Photography

Manual Exposure, 1/1000, f4, ISO 320, Evaluative Metering

Osprey catching alewife

Osprey catching alewife | Damariscotta Mills, Maine

Happy birding!

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corralena May 31, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I love ospreys, and this is gorgeous!

Blair Cessna May 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm

luv it John…..great great shot. I would be giddy like a kid also. I tip my hat to you sir.

Martha Z May 31, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Wonderful capture, I like to just see that, to get a shot would be amazing! Inactive on the nest, they were easier to photograph.
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Julie May 31, 2011 at 3:26 pm

That is a big fish! What a beautiful pic.

Joo May 31, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Terrific photo!

Andrew May 31, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Wow! what a great capture. I got my first Osprey fishing capture only a couple of weeks ago and only a record shot.
A lovely capture …many thanks for sharing.

Mick May 31, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Great bird and photo!

Boom & Gary May 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Great shot!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.
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Kathiesbirds May 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Wonderful shot! I have never been there! I hope you get some more great shots!
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fjällripan May 31, 2011 at 4:53 pm

What a great photo. beautiful!!

Eileen May 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm

WOw, awesome catch and photo.

springman May 31, 2011 at 5:50 pm

No wonder your excited! If this shot is any indication I too wait with bated breath for what is to come. That 400mm f4 must be a monster lens. Phenomenal catch!
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Dawn Fine May 31, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Super photo John!
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holdingmoments May 31, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Spectacular action shot.
I don't see enough of these stunning birds over here.
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Øyvind June 1, 2011 at 5:40 am

Wonderful! Great timing, must have been quite an experience!
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pattyler1 June 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Fantastic capture! Ospreys are so impressive!

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Inger-M June 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Wow, what an action shot of a stunning regal bird, wonderful!
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sondra June 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm

thats a stellar shot!! Congrats

Jean June 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Outstanding capture,John!

It was well worth the wait. I have to admit that I didn't know what an "Alewife" was. Thanks for the great photo and the education.:)

NatureFootstep June 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I would love to visit that event. We have Ospreys but No place where we can see them like that. Thanks for sharing a great shot.
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Pam June 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Sensational photo!

Wren June 1, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Ospreys are a favorite of mine. Lucky you to have such a good and reliable spot and occasion for taking photos of them.

I know it's projecting, but I still love the expression on the bird's face. Easy to make a story to go with it. :)
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Amila June 2, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Wow, just fantastic!
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Bill S. June 3, 2011 at 7:33 am

Great capture. You are very talented and lucky at the same time. But then most people create their own luck. "I am successful because I am lucky; the harder I work the luckier I get."
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Andy June 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm


chris June 4, 2011 at 3:20 am

What an absolutely incredible catch John… Splendid!

Arija June 4, 2011 at 6:46 am

Fantastic action shot!!!

Larry June 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

I love Osprey John and you always have the best photographs of them in action! You don't know how much I envy you ;-) Fantastic capture!

I would get giddy too to have this opportunity every year. I look forward to more and more of these great Osprey photos.
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Mike B. June 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Love the photo- I've got plenty of osprey shots, but none in the water.
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