Nature Photographer Develops Close Relationship With Inland Osprey

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“It was a wonderful experience. That’s for sure. It keeps you going,” Matt says.

A recently retired maritime industry worker will spend more time pursuing her passion for photography and nature now that she has more free time.

Carolyn Matt tells Castanet that she’s been traveling the British Columbia interior for years from her home in Vancouver and has developed a special relationship with a nesting osprey pair near Nakusp.

“I go up to visit my daughter and my grandchildren. But between childcare and visits, I take the time to go to Kaslo to photograph [the osprey] because they are my birds,” Matt says. “I have a passion for them, I stay all day.”

Matt says she’s been into photography for about a decade and one day while camping near Kaslo she spotted the osprey and fell in love.

“It was a wonderful experience. That’s for sure. It keeps you going,” Matt says.

Matt shoots her photos with Canon 5D Mark IV and L-series lenses and she says one of the hardest parts of taking great photos is capturing the birds in flight.

“Anyone can take a picture of something on the nest, the beautiful part of it is catching them in flight, whether they have a branch or a fish, that’s when they’re in their glory,” says Matt.

Matt says she has followed this particular pair of ospreys as they return to the same spot near Kaslo year after year. This year there was additional drama as the bird the nest was in danger of being flooded, but thanks to a concerned citizen, wildlife biologists from the Ministry of Forests, a retired ranger and BC conservation officers, the nest and eggs were successfully relocated. Matt says she watched and took pictures of the move and was there when the surviving egg hatched and the young osprey finally took its first flight.

“I mean, the end result was this last photo of the flying juvenile. It was a wonderful experience. The family photo I sent you with mom, dad and baby, it was pretty cool to see them all together,” said Mat.

Matt says the young osprey is now learning the skills he’ll need to make the journey as the birds migrate to South America for the winter and she plans to be there when the mating pair return. interior of British Columbia in the spring.

“It’s the experience. It’s a bit of everything. You know, when I go out in nature and have my eyes in the eyepiece, all the problems you have go away, it’s really therapeutic .”

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