Osprey Chicks

by John Briggs on July 12, 2011

in Bird Photographs, Blog

The Osprey pair at the Southern Maine Community College has three beautiful, healthy looking chicks. Recently, the chicks have come up from the bottom of the nest and are now peering over the edge. Yesterday, the three chicks and one of the adults busied themselves with preening. I was pleased to see first one head, then two, and finally the third head look out over the edge of the nest in my direction.

The lighting was not quite right for good bird photography, but I captured some half decent images of the Osprey family. I’m going to return to the location Thursday morning and give it another try and hopefully capture some video too. In the mean time, here is the Osprey family at SMCC in South Portland, Maine.

The following photos were taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click a thumbnail below for a full-sized view. ©2011 John Briggs Photography | All Rights Reserved

Happy birding!

World Bird Wednesday


@onejackdaw July 13, 2011 at 5:14 am

Beautiful image of the Osprey chicks! There first attempts to fly will be a sight to see.
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Boom & Gary July 13, 2011 at 7:15 am

Wonderful photos!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.
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TexWisGirl July 13, 2011 at 8:39 am

wow, they're beautiful. even as chicks, they have that intense eye!
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missing moments July 13, 2011 at 9:13 am

Great captures of these guys, John. Thanks for stopping by my place since it has led me to your wonderful site! I look forward to your work!

fjällripan July 13, 2011 at 9:30 am

Fantastic photos! They are SO beautiful, like the coulor of their eyes.
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corralena July 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Love the photos of the chicks!

Mick July 13, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Great photos. Really nice to see the young birds showing above the sides of the nest.

pattyler1 July 14, 2011 at 8:26 am

Fantastic captures!
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Nicole July 15, 2011 at 1:14 am

They are soooo amazing!
That second last pic is my all time Fav. wow!
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naturefootstep July 15, 2011 at 3:31 am

half decent shots?? I would have been overjoyed if I got some like this. :)
We have ospreys but I have no clue of where they nest. If they do. :(
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eileen July 15, 2011 at 8:48 am

Fantastic shots of the Osprey chicks!

Rhonda July 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

Great clicks, John! Hope you had some luck yesterday!
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Sallie July 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Great shots of the nestlings. We see lots of ospreys in FL, but left before baby season. There used to be quite a few here in Oregon on the Lake where we stay, but we haven't spotted any this year. I need to find out why.

JaM July 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm

You have to enlarge these shots, fabulous captures!
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Arija July 19, 2011 at 4:44 am

Beautiful and healthy chicks and a great way to present them.
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