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Who Me????

Who Me????
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Copyright: Kathy Davis (kedavis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 119] (436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 75 - 300 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-08-02 19:35
Viewed: 3681
Points: 5
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Hello All!!!
I have been so busy, I haven't had much time to post, reply or give comments. Can't wait to give the gallery a good look.

Once again, here we are on the Intracoastal Waterway traveling North. (I feel like you all are making this trip with me!) In certain areas almost every marker had an Osprey nest on it. This fellow turned his head, looked at me and seemed to say "WHO ME"? By the way, can a bird look straight ahead :-? As with the others, this Osprey did not take flight or seem disturbed. They are so accustomed to boats going by the navigational day markers they love to build their nests on. Being on the upper level (where we normally steer the boat from) gives me a wonderful and much appreciated opportunity to take pictures.

I tried to crop and sharpen. Also used Neat Image for the first time. I'm guessing that I may have over sharpened. What do you think? Please feel free WS. I can post the orginal if needed.

Have a good week and for all of our TN friends in the Bahamas and in Florida, we are watching Hurricane Chris with our fingers crossed.
Take Care Kathy

After posting this picture and looking at it. Bad Bad I need to repost. I like the picture, any ideas how to make it stop giving me a headache!! The only think I know to do is recrop, not so close in so that I don't start out with such a fuzzy pic. Thanks to whomever wants a challenge! K
One of the largest birds of prey in North America. It is one of the most widespread birds in the world, found on all continents except Antarctica.

Sexes similar; female larger and tends to have fuller and darker chest band.

Osprey numbers declined drastically in 1950-1970s, from pesticide poisoning and eggshell thinning. After the ban on DDT, populations increased rapidly. Still listed as endangered or threatened in some states, especially in inland states where populations were small or extirpated after the pesticide years.

The Osprey readily builds its nest on manmade structures, such as telephone poles, channel markers, duck blinds, and nest platforms designed especially for it. Osprey eggs do not hatch all at once, but instead the first chick hatches out up to five days before the last one. The older chick dominates its younger siblings, and can monopolize the food brought by the parents. If food is abundant, little aggression is seen amongst the chicks, but if food is limited, the younger chicks often starve.
The Osprey is a fish-eating specialist, with live fish accounting for about 99% of its diet. Barbed pads on the soles of its feet help it grip slippery fish. When an Osprey takes a large fish to its nest, it carries the fish headfirst to make it as aerodynamic as possibl

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Hi Kathy,
What a great expression you caught on this osprey.
Those big eyes and that alert stance are wonderful.
You also have a great POV and a great DOF. The only nit is, it is very bright, so the colors are washed out. I did a workshop to try to address those issues. Let me know what you think.
TFS. : )

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
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Hello Kathy,
The expression of surprise makes the photo worth while! You also have a nicely blurred background.
It is not very sharp indeed, and the sharpening tool does not help much in some cases. Yes you could try to post the original again and hope someone makes a workshop. There are some real specialist around. Sometimes it can help if you select the areas you want to sharpen or change brightness of the overexposured parts.(as Manyee did on the whole picture.) You could also only select the troat. Anyway, Also still learning and birds are quiet difficult!

The quality of this photo could be better, but it did make me laugh with your caption.

Hi Kathy,
Although the image quality is not the best here, the look you have captured is priceless and the title fits perfectly :)
Well done and TFS!

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