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Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus
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Copyright: Bedri Kalemci (bedri) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1D Mark III, Canon 500mm f4 L IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-17 13:26
Viewed: 2657
Points: 12
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Pandion haliaetus - Osprey - Balık kartalı ( Tr. )

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 more than 60 cm (24 in) in length and 180 cm (71 in) across the wings. 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.


Fish make up 99% of the Osprey's diet. It typically takes fish weighing 150–300 grams (5–10 oz) and about 25–35 centimetres (10–14 in) in length, but the weight can range from 50 to 2000 grams (2–68 oz).

Ospreys have vision that is well adapted to detecting underwater objects from the air. Prey is first sighted when the Osprey is 10–40 metres (32–130 ft) above the water, after which the bird hovers momentarily then plunges feet first into the water.

The Osprey is particularly well adapted to this diet, with reversible outer toes, sharp spicules on the underside of the toes, closable nostrils to keep out water during dives, and backwards-facing scales on the talons which act as barbs to help hold its catch.

Occasionally, the Osprey may prey on rodents, rabbits, hares, amphibians, other birds, and small reptiles.

Source and more than : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey

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uzun bir aradan sonra TNde sizi gördüğüme sevindim Bedri Bey. hem de son derece güzel bir fotoğraf ile. elinize sağlık. selamlar.

wonderful scene and moment, your photo performance!
regards Nasos

beautiful moment, TFS Ori

wow masterpiece! great shot

Hi Bedri,

Nice capture of this beautiful bird of prey!Excellent focus on the armour of the bird (bill and claws). Also, the blurrness of the wings gives your photo liveliness and movement!


Hallo Bedri
This is a "National Geographic" quality photo in my humble opinioun. The clarity is exquisite, the colours wonderfully sharp. Beautiful, beautiful detail. Great point of view. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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