By Gavin Bickerton-Jones in General Articles, Blogging | 11th August 2018
Just back from another 2 day trip at Rothiemurchus fisheries near Aviemore on a tour run by ‘Osprey Whisperer’ Jo Mcintyre, to witness and capture Ospreys fishing in a trout lake again.
Arriving on the Sunday afternoon at 3 PM, I had Helen with me this time as we were making a holiday of it, visiting the European Championship cycling in Glasgow, and then going over to Fort William post Ospreys. We were once again at the excellent Boat hotel at the nearby Boat of Garten village, and after going for a walk around, met with Jo and some of the other photographers for dinner at 6.30. We had a nice evening, with Joe and Tom from the USA, Neville and Iain, all who I had met before apart from Tom.
Monday: Up early and off to the fishery, I met the others in the car park, as well as Gary and Mike who were there for that morning only, and we were off to the hides to be in position by 5 AM, and once again the banter was good! Most of us went in Hide 1, Iain and Nev tried Hide 2 and 4 for different shots, and we got settled in waiting for the light to get better and heres our spotter Ally hopefully come on the radio with good news. Once again we adjusted settings and photographed the ducks on the pond to keep up with the ever changing light as we waitied, chatting with each other to pass the time. I had my 300mm f4 lens on my Canon 1DX again which was perfect to make sure you get the composition in, and brought my 500mm again just in case we had a lot of dives and I could experiment with close ups etc.
Ally was informing us of Ospreys in the air, and the dominant bird seemed to be absent so we were hoping for action, and at around 6.15 on he came with ‘getting lower….DIVING!’ the bird came in left to right and took a trout and was gone, I got some nice shots in focus, and was hopeful of more action in better light. As it turned out we had 11 dives all together, with 5 taking fish, at one point 2 nearly came in together as the growing juveniles were practicing a...