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Eastern Osprey – carrying a half eaten fish which I had watched being torn apart. It seems to be trying to continue eating mid-flight. Lighting was spectacular as the sun was setting. Photo taken near Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Eastern Osprey – I count myself very fortunate to have been able to spend 1.5 hours about 15-20m from this raptor. It was unperturbed by kayakers and walkers…and me.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Eastern Osprey – I thought it was about to drop the 3 to 4m down into the river at this point.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Eastern Osprey – 95% of the time it spent preening and scanning the river for fish.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Eastern Osprey – it was only in the last minute that I was able to capture the bird readying itself for flight. Spectacular! Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Eastern Osprey – unfortunately it did not catch any fish.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Eastern Osprey – I enjoyed its wing show before flying off down the river. Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Eastern Osprey – Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Eastern Osprey – Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Eastern Osprey – carrying a half eaten fish.  Photo taken near Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Eastern Osprey – just taking off.  Photo taken near Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Eastern Osprey – Photo taken near Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Eastern Osprey – Photo series taken by Lane Cove River, Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.  I heard a loud splash in the river and turned to see this bird flying up to the branch.  I assume this posture was to dry its wings for a few seconds before…

…turning around and diving back down to the river.  This time it caught a fish and flew past me, unfortunately behind some trees so I couldn’t take photos.

When I caught up with the Osprey further down the river it had almost eaten the fish and all that was visible was the tail.

Powerful Owl Family – One adult owl was spotted and then its partner.  A day or two later one chick was spotted and then another the next day.  Finally, all four owls were seen together as a family.  This was an exciting first for me as I had never seen any Powerful Owls before!  Some of the photos are slightly grainy as they were taken in rather dark situations amidst dense foliage.  Others are high up in tree tops with best ones at eye level in trees on sloping ground.  Photo series taken in Lane Cove, Sydney.

Swamp Harrier (?) – I had been watching this raptor flying overhead while keeping my eye on another bird perched on the bough of a tree.  As it came in to land through the tangle of twigs I realised they were most likely related – parent-juvenile?  They both then took off.  Photo taken at Pilot Beach, Port Macquarie, New South Wales.

Swamp Harrier (?) – Photos taken at Pilot Beach, Port Macquarie, New South Wales.

Swamp Harrier (?) – Photos taken at Pilot Beach, Port Macquarie, New South Wales.

Swamp Harrier (?) – Photos taken at Pilot Beach, Port Macquarie, New South Wales.

Swamp Harrier (?) – Photos taken at Pilot Beach, Port Macquarie, New South Wales.

Sea Eagles (White-bellied) – Hours of patience didn’t pay off here. I was too far away with a steep drop between me and the Sea Eagles.

Sea Eagles (White-bellied) – As some Blue-faced Honeyeaters started flying around the Sea Eagles I was concerned as to what might happen. In fact, nothing!

Australia Sea Eagle (White-bellied) – Photo series taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.  Sometimes it is impossible to control the background foliage when action like this happens.  This was a very lucky encounter with this large raptor as it careened into a large tree right above my head while being chased by squawking crows…

…the mobbing by the crows continued for two or three minutes as the sea eagle flapped around snapping back …

…eventually the sea eagle had had enough and turned to take off…

…much to my surprise the raptor dived straight towards me pursued by a crow…

…swooped over my head, when I instinctively ducked…

…as the noisy chase continued until I lost sight of the drama over the tree tops.

The encounter was very exciting but I acknowledge that the photography was challenging against the late afternoon light and high up in a tree amidst foliage background.  At least I managed to capture a few moments of the event.

Nankeen Kestrel – Photo series taken over vegetation and sand dunes just north of Wollongong, New South Wales. The kestrel was not intimated by the many people nearby, or me beneath it.  It even flew down onto rocks just a few metres in front of me. The only creature it caught while I watched was a small beetle, seen in the bird’s beak in one of the images.

Nankeen Kestrel (?) – not the best image of the bird. Did it build this large nest here? Photo taken near Wollongong, New South Wales.

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