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A favorite Florida photo location, Blue Cypress Lake has a beautiful Cypress forest along its west and north sides. These beautiful trees provide nesting locations for over 200 nesting pairs of Osprey. In March the birds are building nests and laying eggs. I have been here many times and it never fails to excite.
This year our before sunrise start was delayed a bit due to fog. The good news is the first light photos were entirely different than prior years, a feature I desire.
The second big highlight was the ability to go to the conservation area where the birds fish. For some reason, they don't fish on the lake itself. But just north of the lake is a large conservation area that contains the Fellsmere Stick Marsh and the TM Goodwin Waterfall Management Area. The reason we could go this year is because Roy Bass, who now owns Middletons Fish Camp, also has an airboat. You have to cross a strip of land so the pontoons can't make it. We spent the late afternoon photographing many Osprey diving, skimming the surface and catching fish. A challenge to capture but satisfying when you do.
Morning Fog and the Cattle EgretsCattle Egrets at RestCattle Egrets in the Cypress TreesSunrise in the FogOsprey Enjoys the Foggy Morning SceneryOsprey Portrait Among the Spider WebsA Serene SunriseCypress Tree at First LightLazy GatorOsprey PortraitOsprey PerchBeware Talons OutOsprey with FishOsprey PreflightOsprey Take OffLeaving the NestIn the AirOsprey IntensitySqueaking OverheadGrip the Stick