Time Flies

These past few weeks/months have just seemed crazy. With the horrendous winter most of the country is blanketed in, Florida, even though somewhat cold itself has been overrun with visitors trying to escape Mother Nature’s grip.

I don’t seem to have much time to sit down and work on the computer let alone even get behind the camera. I saw a friend in town the other day while Cindy and I were eating lunch, and she said “Hey Pat, is everything ok? I’ve been missing your photos on Facebook and on your blog posts!

Pano, iPhone 4S, Low-Key Hideaway, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish

iPhone 4S Pano behind the Low-Key hideaway Tiki Bar

I try and work on a few images each day and this past month has been fun with the addition of the Osprey nest atop the SS Minnow. A few months back, a local resident of Cedar Key had built an Osprey nesting box for a location where an already existing nesting box had been damaged. But when they went to put the new box up, they realized the supports on the old box had just come loose in a storm. They were able to replace the supports and he was left with a full nesting box that needed a new home.

When he stopped by the Tiki Bar asking if I could find a place to put it, we were already talking about building one ourselves. We have a pair of Osprey that have been trying to nest atop the boat out behind the motel for months now. Problem was the top of the boat was too flat and with the high winds we get on a regular basis, each time they’d get a nest started, a storm would blow through and blow the nest off the top of the boat.

The nesting box has higher sides with a wire mesh bottom so it allows the air to flow through it, yet holds the nesting material safely inside the box.

Another friend came by one day and we spent about an hour putting the nesting box together atop the boat. Thanks David Simms for your help!

It didn’t take but a few days and the Osprey were dropping nesting material in the box. A few weeks later the guests were all saying it was like having front row seats to natures porn as the birds would sit atop the nesting perches making Osprey love on a non-stop basis. A few days later we noticed the female Osprey wouldn’t leave the nest, and now we’re all just waiting for the hatchlings to appear.

Osprey, Nesting Box, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish

Notice the two little birds in the bottom right corner of the nest. I dont know if they live full time in the nest, or just hang out to eat bugs that live in the nest, but I always see them flying around the nest with the Osprey

With the Osprey nesting so close, we have the male hunting, fishing and eating his prey on our dock multiple times each day. I try and get one image a day I’d be proud to hang on the wall. Some days I sit for an hour with the camera just waiting for it to take off. (My favorite images are action shots, or birds in flight)

Osprey, Bird in Flight, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish, Cedar Key

Notice the Fish Scales flying in the air as the bird leaps to flight

Osprey, Crow, Birds, Cedar Key, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish

The Stare Down

The other morning Cindy and I sat out on the back deck drinking our morning coffee while watching the big bird devour his morning meal atop a electric pole behind our place.

I waited and waited for the moment he was going to lighten the load before taking off to flight. Not everyone strives for a shot like this, but I’d have to say once I fired the trigger, I was giddy with excitement knowing I’d captured what I’d been waiting for.

Osprey Pooping, Bird, Pat Bonish, Bonish Photography, Cedar Key

Lightening the Load

Other than Osprey, we’ve been too busy to indulge in our weekly get-a-ways with Scott and Karen like we’ve done the last few years. Last week we were able to do our first one and visited the Tampa Bay Aquarium. Super fun, loads of information to swallow and a place I’ll be going back to as soon as I get my Dive Certification. The aquarium allows certified divers to swim in their huge tank with the sharks, sea turtles and eels!! There are a few other aquariums that offer these programs, but many will not allow you to bring a camera with you. The Tampa Bay Aquarium will allow you to bring  a camera, it just has to have a leash that keeps it attached to your body.

Dont worry, that trip will garner a full page write up of its own. I hope everyone elses winter/spring has been busy and fun! I’ll try and post more I promise. Here are some more images to enjoy.

Roseate Spoonbill, Bird, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish, Tropical Bird

Roseate Spoonbill in Breeding Plumage

Osprey Eating, Fish, Bird, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish, Cedar Key

Fresh Sushi

Sand Shark, Tamp Aquarium, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish, Underwater Photography

Sand Shark swimming past us in the Aquarium

Osprey, Hovering, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish, Bird in Flight, Cedar Key

Osprey Hovering Overhead

Sting Ray, Aquarium, Underwater Photography, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish,

Underwater Dreams

Osprey, Bird in Flight, Bonish photography, Pat Bonish, Cedar Key

Moray Eel, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish, Underwater Photography, Tampa Aquarium

Moray Eel swimming out from under a rock – This thing was about 6′ long!!!

Nesting Box, Osprey, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish, Cedar Key

Building the Nesting Box

Night Heron, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish, Bird

Stare Down with a Night Heron

Underwater Photography, Sea Turtle, Tampa Aquarium, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish

Great Horned Owl, Bird, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish

Close Up with a Great Horned Owl

Red Fish, Red Fish Tail, Underwater Photography, Pat Bonish Photography, Cedar Key

Red Fish Tails

Underwater Photography, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish

Osprey, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish, Bird in Flight

Bringing some nesting material back to the nest

Turtle, Yellow Bellied Slider, Bonish Photography, Pat Bonish

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2 Responses to “Time Flies”

  1. Dave EisenbeilMay 3, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Awesome shots, as usual, Pat!! Love the “Lightening the Load” shot! They say timing is everything! 😀 That’s great, too, that you have that nesting pair of osprey in your backyard! That should provide great subject matter for weeks to come. Looking forward to it!

    Dave

    • Pat BonishMay 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

      I looked up the justation period Dave, so if one of the adults is sitting in the nest and not leaving, which means she probably is sitting on eggs, you’ll have 30-45 days to wait. Ours was closer to 45 days as they just hatched last week and the 30 day mark should have been the 2nd week of April.

      I’m sure you’ll get some great shots!!

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