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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 300mm f2.8 + 2.xII extender
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): bobair's favorites beyond the alloted amount. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-09 17:35
Viewed: 3280
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am beginning a series of photos taken at Yellowstone National Park last May. I consider myself primarily a landscape photographer ( yes, Niek I'll be posting some soon... I promise). My husband is really into wildlife and has an amazing eye for it. He is the spotter. Since we got our new "fancy, dancy" lens, he is also the heavy lens and tripod carrier. So a lot of my wildlife shots have to be considered a joint effort. He is just getting into photography and it is so much more fun now that there is someone to discuss settings with etc.

This was taken in the Tower area of northeast Yellowstone Park. I have posted two workshops: here and here . Each shows the nest from a distance, perched in the Yellowstone River Canyon; one a bit closer than the other.
Adult osprey return here between mid-April and early May, depending on weather patterns. Male and female birds may arrive at different times, because the pairs that "mate for life" spend the non-breeding seasons in separate places. By mid-May, the pair has mated, the female has laid a clutch of two to four tan-with-brown speckled eggs, and incubation has begun. The eggs hatch in about six to eight weeks.

Scrawny, naked chicks need much care. They must be sheltered from heat and cold and fed small amounts of fish often. At about one week of age, the young are covered with downy feathers. Growth is rapid; after three weeks, the plumage resembles that of an adult but with speckles of white at the edge of each feather.

By mid- to late August, the young are nearly the size of their parents and become increasingly independent. Typically, the entire family abandons the canyon by September, probably roosting in trees nearer to their food source: bodies of water.

Sometime during autumn, the entire population of Yellowstone osprey heads south following waterways to the Gulf of Mexico. From there they pursue separate destinations along the coasts of Mexico, Central America, and even as far as northern Venezuela.


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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-08-09 17:54]

Hi Evelynn,
Grate picture of the Osprey and his nest. It shows a lot of action and the timing is perfect. A masterwork congratulation, TFS
Regards, Mario

Hi Evelynn,

Nice to know that your husband is teaming up with you!
Good action shot and the subjects are place correctly in the picture. The bird flying towards the nest is taking 'center stage' in this composition. TFS.

PC :)

Hello Evelynn
Simply a superb shot of the Osprey family. Focus is spot on for both birds. I'm impressed with the performance of the lens and 2x extender giving you an effective 840mm lens.
It appears that the nest is built on a local peak.

Hi Evelynn
The Osprey, dinner, nest and DOF are outstanding. Plus it look like dad is looking right toward the camera. I hope the little ones appreciated dinner. Well done.
TFS Janice

Hi Evelynn,
Great action you capture, very opportune
in your side, lovely family of osprey
bringing lunch, well done TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-09 20:34]
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Hello Evelynn

Holy doodle...that is quite the nest.They really pile that stuff high.What a wonderful capture,with the fish in the claws.The POV is super,and it really gives the sense of height.The scene looks rugged and wild.A super wildlife shot.TFS


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-10 0:27]

Hi Evelyn

I am pretty sure I have visited this viewpoint from your description.

This is a wonderful action shot - great focus etc.


Hello Evelynn,
Very good clarity and sharpness in seeing the Ospreys in their daily life!
good pov with exposure and focus
well done and thanks for sharing

Hello Evelynn,
Wow :)
Great photo showing the nest, one in and one inflight approaching..I do like the composition against the granite face for BG. Excellent DOF, colors, contrast, light, and sharp details.
Very well done.
Have a Great Weekend!

Hi Evelynn,
An outstanding capture showing both the adult in the nest with young and the other adult bringing food...I'm surprised there is public access to the nesting area...I was lucky enough to have an Osprey roosting this past Spring on an antenna where I live...He was too wary of humans for me to ever get a shot...Very well done...


Very nice. I am doing a full page of ospreys tomorrow...This looks like you have reached a high aerie and in good fashion. Those puppies can come at you with full talon attack. Great shot and capture Eve;


Hi there,
I am finally back and semi-recovered from my jet lag, so I hope to catch up on some of the beautiful shots I have missed in the past month. : 0
What a fantastic POV of this osprey nest, with both ospreys in view.
That must have been a thrill, with one sitting on the eggs, and the other bringing back food. Couldn't have asked for a better presentation.
The one flying in is nicely delineated against the neutral rock BG.
Really good details for such a long shot.
I also really enjoyed your two workshop shots showing the nest in its context. What beautiful country!
TFS. : )
And tell Jerry he is doing a great job as a spotter. Can I hire him?

Hi Evelynn,
It is so nice to see photos from an area that I know. I can now beter feel where you were standing and what you saw outside the viewfinder. I am sure that you are going to post some wonderful landscape photos from this great area.
I really love the moment you capture here. t shows the dedication to photography, I know this wasn't taken within the first few seconds after you arrived. It also shows a wonderful family moment where the chick receives a great trout dinner.
I love the way you isollated the nest from the BG. Knowing the harsh light and the brightness of the rocks you managed the exposure superbly.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-10 12:10]

Hi Evelynn,
That is a huge nest and you have captured the whole family in style. Great timming to catch the bird flying in with its wings spread open. Superb lighting and focus. Excellent POV to portray this scene and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-11 0:49]

Hi Eveleynn,
Really a great moment you've caught here, timed to perfection. We have Ospreys in the far north of the UK, but i've never managed to see one yet...to me, this looks like it's a wildlife documentary thats been paused just at the right moment!
very well done.

selam, excellent shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-11 1:51]

Hi Evelynn,
From the workshops you posted I can see that they have a great nesting spot. It's a lovely and a very natural action shot from the daily-life of this ospreys. Nice work! TFS
Have a nice weekend,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-08-11 4:35]

selam Evelynn
good timing and good title for this beautiful capturing of osprey family
i like composition, point of view, depth of field, colours, framing and note
thanks for sharing

Hi Evelynn,
Great capture of the Osprey coming home with a nice juicy fish.
Thanks for your patience waiting for the bird to fly in with it's prey so you can show this wonderful habit to all of us.
Excellent compositionwith lovely details.
Thanks for sharing and the great note.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hi Evelynn,
at f/8 this photo really does look great!What this photo conveys is just how very large the osprey nest is relative to the birds-well done.The bird on the right hand side gripping that fish is magic and it gives such a wonderful dynamic to this composition.Given how far you were away from the action this photo is great and I thank you for showing it to us. Bob

Firstly congrats on a fine lens purchase! Does this mean we'll be seeing more wildlife shots now from you? Nice timing on this osprey bringing home the bacon.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-12 20:48]

Hello Evelynn ! What a good capture you did there. Very sharp , full of details and well exposed. A very strong moment.


This is a very interesting post Evelynn! I like those birds a lot and I had the chance to see one only once in my life. You were lucky to have had this opportunity to see them in action like this. This is a very dynamic capture with great action, beautiful details and exposure. I also appreciated those pictures in WS. Well done!

hello Evelynn

superb shot of this osprey delivering fish food at his nest,
it is a superb timing to see that in take it in photo,
the image is very well focused and framed, TFS


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