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Spread Your Wings

Spread Your Wings
Photo Information
Copyright: Preston Moochnek (massulo) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 15] (209)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-21
Categories: Birds
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
Viewed: 3859
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shot this am at Ft Desoto Park in Tierra Verde Fl. of this Osprey!!!
Large raptor.
White breast and belly.
Black back and wings.
Long wings, held with wingtips angled slightly backwards.
Dark eyestripe.
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)
Sex Differences
Sexes similar; female larger and tends to have fuller and darker chest band.

Calls are short, chirping whistles

Ľlisten to songs of this species
topConservation Status
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.

Other Names
Balbuzard pÍcheur (French)
GavilŠn pescador (Spanish)

Cool Facts

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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  • Vini Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 27] (123)
  • [2005-05-21 17:27]

Very well done. Thanks for sharing this one. You should center your bird. Good notes.

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.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [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. : )

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-05-22 5:18]

Fantastic pose. You shot him at the right time.Also the blue sky fits the bird well.
My compliments.


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.

Hello Preston

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.

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