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Passing Through

Passing Through
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5d Mark II, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-05 18:53
Viewed: 2803
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this Osprey in a place where it is not seen throughout the year so I assume it is just passing through.

The Osprey "Pandion haliaetus" is a large, powerful raptor, or bird of prey.

Adult birds have a dark brown back and white forehead, cheeks, neck, breast, and belly. A dark stripe extends from the base of the beak and across the eye to the back. The head and upper part of the breast are streaked brown, as is the underside of the wings and tail. In North America, the breast stripes are heavier on the female than on the male. The juveniles and adults look much alike; however, on the juveniles the brown feathers on the upper parts are tipped with white and the breast and head are more heavily striped. Ospreys acquire their adult plumage at about 18 months.

As is the case with most raptors, the female is larger than the male. She weighs on average 1.6 kg, compared with 1.4 kg for the male, and has an average wingspan of 163 cm, compared with 159 cm for the male. The adult Osprey measures anywhere from 53 to 65 cm long.

Anatomically, the Osprey resembles the eagle, but its narrow wings, when outspread, are markedly angled, and the structure of its feet and claws is so peculiar that it has been placed in a separate subfamily, the Pandioninae, of which it is the sole representative.

Unlike other raptors, the Osprey has four equal toes. The outer one is reversible, enabling the bird to seize its prey with two toes pointing forwards and two pointing backwards. A long, sharp, curved claw on each toe, and short, rigid spikes, known as spicules, on the sole of each foot, give the bird a firm grip on its slippery prey, which nearly always consists of fish that the bird catches alive, hence its nickname of fishing eagle or fish hawk.

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Hello Rick

And your were passing from the good place at
the good moment to catch in beautiful photo
this Osprey, with very fine POV and framing,
beautiful light, great focus sharpness details, TFS


Hi Rick,
I am so impressed with this. Such a unique shot, such a high degree of difficulty, there is just no sneeking up on these guys. I see them fishing for trout every now and again. They come down out of the sky like missels and crash into the water. I am so glad you are posting again, I have really missed your so very different mammals and birds. Have a fine day.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-05-05 22:53]

Hi Rick
difficult to do anything better
great bg

Hi Rick,

What a fabulous image off this Osprey here Rick, beautiful detailed plumage, Lovely natural colours, and impressive sharpness,
Great shot my friend,
Congratulations and TFS,
Best Regards,


Hello Rick,
excellent portrait, sharp details, natural colors,beautifull BG,
thanks for sharing,regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-06 1:14]

Hello Rick,
A great photo of this Osprey. Very beautiful colours also in the matching BG. Taken in good sharpness from a pleasing low POV. Fantastic composition.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2011-05-06 3:19]

Hi Rick , a nice view of this Osprey , with good detail and color , well exposed , under nice light. great eye level point of view ,very nice to see this one , I see an Osprey haning around the river here once in a while , but like the eagles , I never get any where remotely close tothem before they fly away... TFS & regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-06 6:42]

Lovely composition for this beautiful species. tfs.

Brilliant lighting on this osprey..it pays to get up early doesn't it!
Such a beautiful raptor! Good focus and nice highlight in the eye

enjoy your weekend

GREAT photo Rick!! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-05-06 10:30]

Hello Rick
First class image quality...thanks for sharing this beauty

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2011-05-06 17:15]

Wow, so sharp, Rick!
Beautiful gradients of brown in the plumage.
Perfect posture. : )
Love the clean blurred BG.
TFS. : )

perfect bird, TFS Ori

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