Spread Your Wings
|Copyright: Preston Moochnek (massulo)
|Date Taken: 2005-05-21|
|Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 100-300 /4 HSM|
|Exposure: f/4.8, 1/1000 seconds|
|Details: Tripod: Yes|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-05-21 17:02|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Shot this am at Ft Desoto Park in Tierra Verde Fl. of this Osprey!!!|
White breast and belly.
Black back and wings.
Long wings, held with wingtips angled slightly backwards.
Crown and forehead white.
Size: 54-58 cm (21-23 in)
Wingspan: 150-180 cm (59-71 in)
Weight: 1400-2000 g (49.42-70.6 ounces)
Sexes similar; female larger and tends to have fuller and darker chest band.
Calls are short, chirping whistles
Ľlisten to songs of this species
Osprey numbers declined drastically in 1950-1970s, from pesticide poisoning and eggshell thinning. After the ban on DDT, populations increased rapidly. Still listed as endangered or threatened in some states, especially in inland states where populations were small or extirpated after the pesticide years.
Balbuzard pÍcheur (French)
GavilŠn pescador (Spanish)
The Osprey readily builds its nest on manmade structures, such as telephone poles, channel markers, duck blinds, and nest platforms designed especially for it. Such platforms have become an important tool in reestablishing Ospreys in areas where they had disappeared. In some areas nests are placed almost exclusively on artificial structures.
Osprey eggs do not hatch all at once, but instead the first chick hatches out up to five days before the last one. The older chick dominates its younger siblings, and can monopolize the food brought by the parents. If food is abundant, little aggression is seen amongst the chicks, but if food is limited, the younger chicks often starve.
The Osprey is a fish-eating specialist, with live fish accounting for about 99% of its diet. Barbed pads on the soles of its feet help it grip slippery fish. When an Osprey takes a large fish to its nest, it carries the fish headfirst to make it as aerodynamic as possible.
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- [2005-05-21 17:27]
Very well done. Thanks for sharing this one. You should center your bird. Good notes.
- [2005-05-21 18:11]
Hi Preston, excelent shot and well done on the composition.
The S2 has caused some Chromatic A. on the branches. Hmmm, or was it the lens. Anyway, the shot is impressive, but not the Fuji. Sorry.
- [2005-05-22 1:22]
Great pose, Preston. The wide-spread wing shows beautiful patterns and colors. Sharp details and great composition. Excellent capture of this not so common raptor. Well done, and thanks for sharing. : )
- [2005-05-22 5:18]
Fantastic pose. You shot him at the right time.Also the blue sky fits the bird well.
Great shot of this bird - unusal for me - I don't think we get them up here in MD. He seems to have something in his beak. I think you could crop more tightly around the bird to show it in greater detail on the screen.
Very good shot. Lots of wing flap action going on here. The shot is a bit 'busy' with all the tree branches but we can't always get the perfect surroundings. Well done. Thanks.