Sunday, March 14, 2010

Lake Austin Osprey

An Osprey with its preyAn 80+ degree Spring day in Austin Texas was a perfect day to get away and take the boat out. As we arrived at the boat launch at the 360 Bridge it turned out that we weren't the only ones with this idea.... The parking lot was packed! We had brought our camera along with the 100-400mm lens hoping to get a few photos.

As we tooled up this lake casually looking for wildlife and enjoying the sunshine we saw numerous turtles sunning on rocks and exposed tree limbs and roots. A few Turkey Vultures and a Blue Heron were passed by. We kept on past Emma Long Park and caught a glimpse of white in a tree. A beautiful bird that we had not seen before. It was an Osprey. I idled the boat to drift by as Ray brought the camera up. Sherry noted that he was holding his lunch in huge talons.
He was calm yet watched us closely and as we turned for another look he left his perch with his partially eaten fish and flew a bit up river to another tree. We carefully followed him and watched him eat a bit of his fish. A boat sped by and he took off to eat his fish in peace.
I searched for Texas Birds of Prey after we returned home and identified him. I like to know what we take photos of if possible. A little about the Osprey. The Osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. The Osprey and Owls are the only raptors whose outer toe is reversible, allowing them to grasp their prey with two toes in front and two behind. This is particularly helpful when they grab slippery fish. The Osprey is a subspecies of Falcon.

By 2pm we were back ashore and headed home...a fun day on the lake. Our first for this year but definitely not our last.
Turtles under the 360 Bridge

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It was another beautiful day in Central Texas.
You can't get this kinda weather in Virginia right now, its all rainy and gloomy there.

The picture's of the bird with his fish dinner and the turle trail,was awesome..

Got my allowence of Vit. D, taday while taking the photo's of the birds and turle's

Texas is the Great State to Live In...

Sherry O.
visiting from Virginia