Florida… Fish Hawk

The hi-light of our afternoon was an Osprey that repeatedly came to hover over the pond as it looked for fish.  It began at the afar end of the pond the first few fly overs…

Nikon D4, AF-S 600mm f4 VR, TC 14E II ISO 800 f5.6 @ 1/100


I even had a chance to work on a vertical sequence as it banked…

Nikon D4, AF-S 600mm f4 VR, TC-20E III ISO 200 f8 @ 1/350


And, while I attempted to capture a sequence of it, as it dove for a fish, I was only able to make one sharp image.  Something to keep working at…

Nikon D4, AF-S 600mm f4 VR, TC-20E III ISO 200 f8 @ 1/350


We didn’t have much time out photographing between squalls but, the time we did have was highly productive!



  1. Gordon Kummer says:

    Hey Laurie, the Blue Angels have their Air Show in Pensacola the weekend of the 13th and 14th. Will you be there? Pensacola Naval Air Station is their home base and has an excellent Naval Air Museum.

  2. Paul Pokrywka says:


    A couple of questions. Were you using you Wimberly head and if so, how do you go about tracking the bird? Do you take a series of shots to try to make sure you get one sharp? The other question is about the ISO. The first image has an ISO of 800 and the second an ISO of 200. The TC diffenance would be one stop, what “caused” the rest of the differnace in the ISO, f-stop and shutter speed?

    Thank, Paul

    • Hi Paul,
      Yes, I was using my Wimberley head. It is the only way to go when tracking birds or mammals with a long lens. I was using Dynamic 21 pt and 3D 5t pt depending on what I was photographing. I found that 51 pt 3D works great with birds against the blue sky but, it doesn’t work so well against a background with detail (foliage). That’s when I go back to 21pt Dynamic (my default setting). I acquire focus as soon as I can, pan with the subject and begin firing when it is in range following through with my panning beyond the time when I cease firing to avoid blur in the final image.
      The difference in exposures and ISO settings are due to the images being made over the course of several hours with changing light. They are not in order of capture time. Thanks for your questions.