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Face off
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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: 2007-06-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS digital rebel XT, 70-200 f2.8
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Letters and digits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-01 11:04
Viewed: 2573
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Osprey was in quite the mood when it spotted me. I was in the process of taking photos of a blue heron when I looked up.

The sun was especially bright and she was literally blocking it when this was taken. (Dusk was getting ready to settle in.)

The Osprey is off-center and when I tried to lighten her just a tad to bring out more detail, it actually ruined the shot. While this may not be my best Osprey shot, what I really enjoy about this capture is it did become a face-off, plus she caught me by surprise. I'll spend many days studying this bird of prey because they are so interesting. A friend of mine told me she decided to return the favor.

I'm not afraid of these birds, but I did get a very good idea of the damage she could've done with her talons alone. By the way, she never dropped them.

A little side note here: even though her beak is open, she never cried out; more than likely, that's why I was so suprised.

I did not see a nest nor did I see it dive down into the water for fish, so for whatever reason, I was singled out. You'll notice the flat 'M' pattern her wings are in and that's a typical flight pattern for the Osprey.

I did have the ISO too high which accounts for the grain in this shot, but my focus (no pun intended) was on a blue heron getting ready to take off in flight and I wanted the sequence - it didn't help that I was several hundred yards away from her.

Just as I positioned myself to click the shutter, a shadow crossed overhead blocking the sun. Although I've never been attacked by an Osprey, this one made me wonder. I managed to get off two shots and duck, but I needn't have worried because just as she reached me, she gave a vigorious flap of her wings and soared above me.

Perhaps she had a nest near by I didn't see, but then, I wasn't looking. We made eye contact and after she flew off, I didn't see her again.

I'm not sure what set this bird off unless she either had a nest or is going through 'the change' and her mood is now unpredictable. Then again, perhaps she thought I was a large rodent and wondered what it would take to bring me down.

I told my fiance that if she had managed to get a few jabs in, I would've wrote a book about it, using the title "The Mark of the Bird."

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To angybone: I'll keep that in mindwriterscrawlz 1 08-02 10:54
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-01 12:39]

Hi Kathy. An unusal shot to have got. A different pose, it looks as if its comoing staight at you. good colours the detail is a bit soft. but well done TFS.

  • Proframe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)
  • [2007-08-01 14:25]

This is a great frontal in flight capture Kathy.
Really a very beautiful shot in wich I love the pose of the bird very much with the hooked wings and the stare of the eyes to the viewer.
Lighting is very good and so is the somewhat panoramic composition.
Wonderful feather details and soft blue sky in the background against wich the bird does stand out wonderfully.
Only flaw is the softness of the image wich in my opinion is due to the very small (just 39KB) upload.
I suppose you did save the image in the ready for web option in PS at very low resolution while it's better to save as normal or high.
That would give you an image of between 150 and 200 KB and image quality wich is much better than this.
Nevertheless a real beauty.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

Great POV! You really get the feeling of the bird coming toward you with this photo. I love it when a photo can 'put me there.'

Good stuff! :)

So when you get the "Mark of the Bird" you have to post a photo of the scar on your profile. :D

Hello Kathy , very strange and original POV , good framing , TFS.

An osprey attack there:
The film is not so good thought.

For each specy there is a pattern of behavior. Occasionally some individuals don't fit the pattern and are much more agressive.
I was once attacked by many terns when walking in the vicinity of their nest field (normal).
Then I walked 10 minutes and was left in peace during all that time as I was more and more distant from the nest (normal again). Then one tern attacked me a couple of time (I was then at a 10 mn distance from the nests and there was no other nests in the vicinity. Spotting their nest is easy as they nest in large group)

Brilliant shot. Nice eyes contact. The pose depicts the action very well



G'dat Kathy
right place right time, fine capture as well as a lovely discription.
TFS Paul

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