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Osprey Mid Day Flight

Osprey Mid Day Flight
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Copyright: W T Speziali (WTS) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 52 N: 275] (1434)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-30
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Action
Camera: Sony Alpha A700, TAMRON 70-200mm f2.8 Di LD (IF)
Exposure: f/11, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-06 8:15
Viewed: 2409
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Osprey was just getting ready to land in its nest at the time.

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North American subspecies
Conservation status

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Accipitriformes

Family: Pandionidae
Sclater & Salvin, 1873
Genus: Pandion
Savigny, 1809
Species: P. haliaetus

Binomial name
Pandion haliaetus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the sea hawk or fish eagle, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching 60 centimetres (24 in) in length with a 2m wingspan. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts, with a black eye patch and wings.

The Osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant.

As its other common name suggests, the Osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It has evolved specialised physical characteristics and exhibits unique behaviour to assist in hunting and catching prey. As a result of these unique characteristics, it has been given its own taxonomic genus, Pandion and family, Pandionidae. Four subspecies are usually recognised. Despite its propensity to nest near water, the Osprey is not a sea-eagle.

PP work consisted of crop and following adjustments to boost some of the detail.
exposure adj +0.33ev
contrast -100
fill light +17

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To yamataraja: re: ospreyWTS 1 07-30 07:11
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Hello Wayne

My main interest in photography is BIRDS and for this reason,I can appreciate this image you posted here. Ospreys are kind of diffucult to capture and when I mean it, I mean it. I have never got so nice and sharp a photographa as yours. I would have liked to have taken it myself.
Good shot my friend

Hi Wayne..beautiful shot...great panning to get this bird in focus...well done.


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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-01-20 11:35]

Hi Wayne,
I agree with Roger,re the Panning,you certainly caught this fellow in flight with good details & a good sharp face.



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