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Predatory Gaze

Predatory Gaze
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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: 2009-07-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS digital rebel XT, 28-300mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-29 14:21
Viewed: 4775
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Juvenile Osprey had his eyes on a ground squirrel. Since he never attempted to catch it, I made the assumption that he wasn't that hungry - or perhaps he was watching for various escape routes. Ospreys are smart and can often anticipate where their prey will head when faced with danger - one skill taught by the parents.

Even after three years of watching these magnificent birds, I never get tired of them. I wish the lighting had been better, but the intense look he has in his eyes kept this capture from being ditched into the recycle bin.

Given we had to stop by the side of the road, I didn't use a tripod, but instead, shot out the sunroof of my friend's car hoping for a decent result.

Enjoy your weekend!
Kathy :-)

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One of o your better images...too bad there are so few left here on TN...I wonder what is happeing..well things change.

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  • shree Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 13 N: 71] (276)
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A very nice capture, Kathy! Yeah, the light is strong but I think despite of that you managed a pretty decent shot. Your note was good to read. Generated enough interest in me to go back and read more about these intelligent birds. I can see that it is perching on a electric pole so I presume you would have extended your lens fully, may be that resulted in slight less sharp image. Did you try sharpening it?

Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend and come back with more shots. :)



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