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~Osprey with Breakfast~

~Osprey with Breakfast~
Photo Information
Copyright: Angela Reigelman (MommaMiaX3) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 215] (737)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS 12X Zoom, 52mm UV filter
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-30 8:17
Viewed: 4429
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Good Morning or evening depending on where you are! :) We are back from Fort Myers Beach FL. Today I wanted to share this beautiful Osprey with you. He was perched just outside my door. I slept outside, and was awoken by the Osprey's cries. He and his mate were fishing for breakfast! I was so excited, when he decided to dine on this Yellowtail Snapper right next to me! He was a good 20 feet above me, and I scrambled to get the best POV I could. I sure hope you like him!! Have a wonderful day :D

*Note: He was banded, the Fish and Game Commission bands these guys as older chicks to keep track of their movement, etc. This is in the wild for sure!

From Wiki:
The Osprey, Pandion haliaetus is a medium-large raptor which is a specialist fish-eater with a worldwide distribution. It occurs in all continents except Antarctica, but in South America only as a non-breeding migrant. It is often known by other colloquial names such as fishhawk, seahawk or Fish Eagle.

The Osprey is a species with many unique characteristics, and therefore has been given its own taxonomic genus, Pandion, and family, Pandionidae.

[edit] Diet
Fish comprise almost the whole diet. Fish they capture are generally 150300 g (5.3-10 oz) and measure about 2535 cm (10-12 in) in length, but can range from 50 to 2000 g (1.7-68 oz). The Osprey is particularly well adapted to this diet, with reversible outer toes, closable nostrils to keep out water during dives, and backwards facing scales on the talons which act as barbs to help hold its catch. It locates its prey from the air, often hovering prior to plunging feet-first into the water to seize a fish. As it rises back into flight the fish is turned head forward to reduce drag. The 'barbed' talons are such effective tools for grasping fish that, on occasion, an Osprey may be unable to release a fish that is heavier than expected. This can cause the Osprey to be pulled into the water, where it may either swim to safety or succumb to hypothermia and drown (fish heavier than the Osprey itself are hazardous in this way). Rarely, Ospreys may prey on other wetland animals, such as reptiles (up to the size of young alligators), aquatic rodents, salamanders and other birds.

MMM, uleko, Argus, jaycee, jmirah, Jamesp, ridvan, Luis52, Adanac, manyee, Raptorman, bobair, scottevers7, livios has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-30 8:49]

Hello Angela
Very good capture of that Osprey.Sharp image with good colors.Beautiful sky color.Also excellent POV

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-30 8:55]

Hello Angela,
Very impressive and well-timed shot of the Osprey feasting on a Snapper. Excellent DOF, sharp details and nice colours. I like his pose very much.
Many thanks, Ulla

great action capture with open beak and prey. excellent focus great colors

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-30 10:23]

Hello Ange,
How nice to have an Osprey perched outside your door and to be able to take such a fine close shot! You can even ID the Yellow-tail Snapper!
Superb detail, compo., lighting and blue sky BG.
Nice to see!
TFS and have good week!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-04-30 10:27]

Hello Angela,
Impressive photo. Beautiful sharp colours against the deep blue sky. Good composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-30 10:53]

Hi Ange,

Wow! What a capture. Great timing to get him with his prey and calling. Wonderful colors, details, setting, and pose. Bet you had a wonderful weekend.


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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-04-30 12:09]

Hi Ange,
Great capture with the fish and all. Superb color and detail. The sky color is fantastic. I'm envious of your talent.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-30 12:14]

Hi Ange

Lovely shot and note - talk about the wildlife coming to you! Lovely composition and colours.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-30 22:17]

Hola angela.- Very nice photo. Very sharp and clear. Like also his meal. Nice BG. Luis52.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-30 23:22]

Hello Angela

A beautiful shot of this osprey.The colours are well saturated.The Focus and details are sharp.Very good POV and DOF.TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-01 0:53]

Hi Ange,
Super, super capture great camera work Ange.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-01 1:38]

Great catch, Angela, for both you and the osprey.
Wonderful moment captured, with his beak open and the fish at his feet.
Sharp details and good POV.
A beautiful bird indeed.
TFS. : )

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-05-01 2:59]

Good capture of this Osprey. Excellent image and lovely bfast it seems for him.

WOW ! very impressive , good action and behaviour photo , congrat. TFS.

selam Angela; wery good capture. colours, sharpness and details are wonderful! Excellent POV and pose well captured BG at right moment . Thank you for sharing,

HI angela
a beautiful bird and a great capture...colours,sharpness and most of all a wonderful point of view!
best regards

Hi Angela,
very nicely detailed action shot of the osprey having its diner.What a sturdy looking bird it is just look at those feet.He is definitely wild as you have indicated in your note with regards to the band.Good colour and details plus the POV make this a wonderful picture indeed and Tfs. Bob

Hi Ange,
This rocks! Nice shot here. The colors and detail look excellent. Nice timing to get this pose. I could never get this close. Maybe next trip :)

Angela, a beautiful and impressive image. A great moment.

I like colors and "pose" a lot. Great exposure.

I tried a workshop.

Hellow Angela,
Perfect timing with its beak wide open and that large piercing eye.Pinsharp image and the high contrast creating a striking image with good details and colouration.Exceptional shot, well done and TFS.

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