The waters in Seminole County near Lake Monroe are home to a large variety of birds. I often see herons, egrets, eagles and other birds of prey while driving around.
While driving down County Road 415 toward the beach for an assignment a few weeks back, I noticed an osprey nest sitting on a utility pole near the bridge that crosses the Sanford marina. The bridge offers a unique vantage point, providing an almost level view of the nest. I pulled off the road just past the bridge and walked back the distance to the peak of the bridge. I used a Canon 7D SLR with a 300MM F/2.8 lens and a 1.4x Canon Tele-extender. This combination gave me the equivalent of a 672mm lens.
The young osprey in the nest was difficult to capture as osprey chicks will often flatten themselves in the nest while their parents are away.
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