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.