San Diego County and its many habitats hosts thousands of bird species, including a large number of birds who migrate here for the winter. I’ve heard we have ospreys here, also known as sea hawks or fish hawks. I’ve even seen some a few times, but never close enough to photograph.

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to spot one on top of a dead tree trunk. It was standing over a pond, turning its head left and right, possibly looking for fish to go catch. It was on a small island in the middle of the pond, so I couldn’t get very close. My camera has a 20x optical zoom, and it was challenging to get sharp pictures without a tripod, but I managed to get a few good ones. I have a Canon Powershot SX280 HS and I have to say Canon makes the best point and shoot cameras, with the option to access manual mode.

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Osprey - fish hawk - sea hawk

Osprey – fish hawk – sea hawk

Osprey sitting in a tree

Osprey sitting in a tree

Close-up on an osprey hawk

Close-up on an osprey hawk

Close-up on an osprey hawk

Close-up on an osprey hawk

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About Milka Pejovic

I'm a freelance writer, artist and photographer. I write mostly for business, not enough for pleasure, and I take a lot of pictures of the world around me.

6 responses »

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    Love these pics! The contrast between the tree, the bird, and the sky is really nice.

    • mpejovic says:

      Thank you! I asked the osprey to sit right there for the whole shoot and he did, haha! I’m going to try to take more pictures of local birds so I have enough for a calendar next year. We’ll see…

  2. Sheila says:

    Wow – lots of detail. I love how we can see the look in his eyes. It’s nice to see a blue sky again too! 🙂

    • mpejovic says:

      Blue sky is something we’re having a lot of, especially this week when it’s supposed to be sunny and 85 every day. Some crazy weather, which won’t help our 4-year long drought.

  3. soonie2 says:

    Wow, fantastic captures! Awesome clarity and so beautiful against that blue sky!

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