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Gathering Twigs

Gathering Twigs
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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-08 19:54
Viewed: 2660
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While with a friend the other day, I spotted movement out of the corner of my eye. We stopped the car and then spotted this Osprey as she built her nest.

Here she is headed back with twigs in her talons. I love watching these magnificent creatures, but this is the first time I've ever witnessed one actually building a nest.

Once she dropped the twig in, she stamp it down, then go to the water and grab lots of wet grass - and stamp that down on top of her twigs. I have captures of that as well.

Due to her fast movements, I guessed where she would be and focus my camera there - in hopes she go right into my field of vision. I never realized how fast - or smart they are. She, on more than one occasion, avoided my lens by circling around an additional tree or suddenly zoom up and out of range for a capture. Here, she's in the process of doing that.

I did my best without a tripod.

I do hope you enjoy this capture. As I mentioned, my Net has been giving me fits for more than a week - I hope it is here to stay this time!

Enjoy your evening!


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Hi Kathy,
this sure is a very good pov of view photo of the osprey carrying that twig for it's nest.I see many birds doing just that very same thing,it is for real-spring is here at last!Reading your note about how you pre-focus an area where you think the bird might come into view is interesting but also hit or miss as a lot of shots could end up not as sharp as one would hope for.I do not know the model of camera you are using but if it is like most other Canon cameras them you can select the drive mode Ai Servo and track the bird as it flies along,the whole while the camera will automatically focus the on the bird while you pan along with it.Using Ai Servo is not perfect but once you get the hang of it,well you will find that pre-focusing is not necessary and you can rapid fire as you pan along for more choices in what photos you like best.A fine looking photo of an impressive raptor and Kathy,thank you for sharing it with us. Bob

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-04-08 22:04]

Hello Kathy,

You have made a very good in flight shot. The image is rasor sharp showing very well the body of the bird. Moreover plumage pattern can be seen in good details.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-09 5:20]

Hello Kathy
Nice shot with perfect focus and good details.

hello Kathy

you did an excellent in-flight phot of the Osprey
bringing materials for his nest, very fine POV and framing,
superb focus on the osprey with excellent sharpness and details
of its plumage, i readed the way you did for the focus,
in 2007 i did few in-flight photos of mallard duck
and it was the same way i did my focus as you for this photo,

today i have done in-flight photos of mallards and one gull
and today i was following the birds and focusing the same time
then deciding when to click for the photo,



Wonderful capture. I like details and natural colors. Well done.

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