Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Sunrise over the Atlantic.  Pretty nice - still windy and high tide.

The neighbor's were having a seawall erected around their property - this was two houses down from where we stayed.  It wasn't as noisy as I thought it would be because the sound of the waves and wind was loud enough to drown most of the worker's sounds out.  They had it done while we were there and there will be one around the place we stayed soon.

It was cool, standing out on the deck and watching the ospreys fishing - they would climb high high high up and then dive down to check out a fish, splashing into the water to catch it, coming up with a large fish in their talons (or not, in the case of one juvenile who didn't seem to get the hang of it yet and was just getting a good dunking most of the time).  

He finally decided that if he was going to get a dunking, he might as well come into shore and get a good bath!  Looked so ratty.  (Sweetie said he was a juvenile osprey and was probably just learning to fish.)

Sweetie tried for a long time to get a close shot of these guys hunting.  Whenever he was out on the deck with his camera, they would fly further out over the water.  

So, finally, I walked out and onto the beach.  Not 5 seconds later, this one flew over top of me, and landed within 5 feet of me at the water's edge.  I laughed and pointed for Sweetie to get his camera out with the long lens.  

This one flapped around in the water for a while, enjoying himself.  Then, up and away back home to dry off.

The ospreys shake off the water after a dive like a dog shaking water from its back.  


Sadami said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! Rhonda, Sweety,
What brilliant photos!!
Cheers, Sadami

suzanneberry said...

beautiful shots!! the birds are stunning, thanks for sharing these! looks like you had a great time

Debbie Nolan said...

Love these photos of the osprey. Even though it was windy and cool I bet it was so beautiful. Have a great day creating.

RH Carpenter said...

Glad you liked them, Sadami and Suzanne and Debbie :) It was fun watching them soaring and diving and coming up with some pretty big fish. When the fisherfolk leave for the day, most of them toss out their small or bait fish or pieces and the ospreys swoop in and grab those right in the middle of the seagulls fighting and squawking over pieces!

CrimsonLeaves said...

Great action shots of the osprey! Sounds like this vacation is so relaxing!!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Your trip looks amazing! The colours of that sunset are beautiful. Who ever invented the apple pie caramel apple from your previous post is a genius!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Sherry and Lisa :) Lisa, I agree - a genius of a chocolatier! In the shop, in the past, we have seen an older gentleman in a white chef's tunic making the caramel and chocolate goodies. This time, just men in teeshirts - awww, where is the elegance of such things going in our lives?