Blue Cypress Lake 2012 – Part One

At the end of March, a group of us went to Blue Cypress Lake to photograph nesting Ospreys. Blue Cypress is a huge lake and the headwaters of the St. Johns River. The lake is surrounded by conservation land, and with the exception of a very small community of cabins and a fish camp, completely uninhabited, natural and wild. It is a gorgeous lake and home to hundreds of nesting Osprey pairs each Spring. The lake is rather shallow, an average of 5 feet deep, and provides a substantial food source for the Osprey.

The lake is surrounded by beautiful bald cypress trees that grow naturally on the water’s edge and in the shallows of the lake. These trees and surrounding water provide a natural barrier against predators. Nearly every tree in some areas support at least one nest. Some of the trees are only 8-10 feet tall out of the water making them ideal to photograph the nests and perched birds.

Here are some of my favorites from our trip in March. We took a second trip to the lake this past weekend and I’ll have a post with some photos from that trip soon. Click an image to view large.

Final Descent
Preparing To Land
On Angels Wings
Standing Guard
Nest Repairs
Screaming Osprey


  • Opticron Binoculars

    May 16, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Wow, so beautiful. Shots are tremendous. Impressive work.

  • tessa seymour-smith

    June 1, 2012 at 6:59 am

    I love these photos! You have really got some good angles.

  • Pepi Jordanov

    June 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    very, very good photos! Impressive angel.