Challenge: Wildlife VI (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges: People, Other
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Cape Cod
Date: Apr 15, 2014
Date Uploaded: Apr 15, 2014
|Thanks for the comments.
I've never seen a pair in flight near their nest before, let alone photographed a pair in that position, so I was pretty chuffed that I captured this. I assume it's early enough in the mating season that there are no eggs in the nest needing to be incubated yet, leaving both adults free to leave and look for food and nest re-building materials at the same time.
It was interesting to watch this pair approach and land on the nest. As they approached they were quite close to one another, with relatively flattened wings, then the slightly higher of the two started what I think of as a "braking/approach maneuver", creating more curve to his wings and starting to lower his feet and generally creating more air resistance in order to slow down, but kept in a position that provided protection to the other bird, who then slowed in a similar way and landed first.
I so wanted this to end up next to my image from earlier this year of a snowy owl sitting on an empty osprey's nest, but a last minute vote of 5 pushed it down a spot. Ah well, a lesson about attachment!
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