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Speckled Perch and the Osprey

Osprey with fresh Speckled Perch (Crappie) (Pandion haliaetus, Balbuzard pêcheur, OSPR) Lake Blue Cypress, Florida ©Christopher Dodds All Rights Reserved. Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless camera & Sony FE100-400mm F4.5-5.6 G Master OSS Lens with Sony 1.4X tele-extender @ 540mm Full Frame image. ISO 2,000 f/8 @ 1/2,000s Manual mode.

Just back from Florida after hosting two wonderful groups of photographers on Lake Blue Cypress for my Ospreys Galore workshop. There was no shortage of Ospreys returning to their nests with fish. The Speckled Perch (also known as a Crappie or Speck) were the prize catch for both the Ospreys and the photographers - smile! Ospreys often stop and eat the head of their catch before returning to the nest to feed the babies but I have so much experience on the lake, that I know which pairs are more successful gatherers and those more likely to return with whole fish.

Join me next April for my Ospreys Galore Workshop on Lake Blue Cypress in Florida. CLICK HERE to learn more and sign-up.

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Reader Comments (2)

I just got an A9 and 100-400 lens and I have been experimenting with the different focus settings for birds-in-flight. I have been experimenting with both zone focus and the lock-on center point and have had some good results with both. I wonder which of these have you found most reliable given your experience with the camera and lens? Also, I have found that at times the standard sensitivity setting of 3 is a bit too quick to jump from one subject to the next and I wonder if you leave it on three?

All the best,

May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDvir

Hi Dvir,

I seem to be preferring lock-on centre point focus and have the sensitivity set 5.

Very best,


May 13, 2018 | Registered CommenterChristopher Dodds

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