I’m not sure how many other people have a ‘connection’ to a source of intuition and such. I’ve had a ‘little voice’ that has helped to guide my life for over 4 decades. Sometimes the messages I get are quite serious, like the one that allowed me to avoid what could have been a life-ending car accident some 30 years ago. Others, like the one I got today, lead to far less serious but enjoyable consequences.
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Today’s message was “go to Hendrie Valley and photograph osprey in flight”. I’ve visited Hendrie Valley numerous times in the past and have only on occasion have I seen any osprey. When I did, they were flying quite high and looked like specs in the sky. Certainly nothing I could photograph. Undaunted I headed out. You see – I never question my ‘little voice’
For the first time ever I was met by a pair of osprey flying fairly low and making good image subjects. I already had my Nikon 1 V2 set for AF-C with subject tracking so I was able to immediately start capturing images.
The osprey made a few nice passes allowing me to capture a number of AF-C image runs.
They circled back a couple of times providing some nice angle images. The birds seem to be studying me intently.
After about 15 minutes or so the osprey both flew off and I looked for other image opportunities.
There were a few terns in the area so I concentrated on them. While capturing an AF-C run with subject tracking, one especially playful tern did a ‘spin-a-rama- move’ that looked like a barrel roll.
Even at 15 fps my Nikon 1 V2 could not do this acrobatic tern justice.
A number of terns were fishing and I was able to capture some images of them with fish in their mouths.
I captured one AF-C run with a tern adjusting the angle of a fish in its beak from horizontal to vertical in preparation for devouring it.
And, another run with a ‘down the hatch’ image.
Just before I left Hendrie Valley a gull flew by with a fish it had caught in its beak. Another pleasant surprise!
I only spent about an hour at Hendrie Valley to capture all of the images in this article. I have never spent such a productive hour capturing as many species and behaviours before. Luckily I listened to my little voice!
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