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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/11, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-29 16:24
Viewed: 3976
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This young Osprey was practicing his/her take-offs and landings. After observing both of these youngsters for a period of time, I noticed the parents bringing back food. It made me wonder if they have yet to make their first kill. Given they are adult size around a month old, it is difficult to know.

I saw each youngster take off from the nest, fly to the telephone pole beside the nest, and then return. Still, there's nothing that brings me more awe while watching these predatory birds as they gracefully come in for a landing. It is such a contrast to the violence with which a kill is made - and I am still awaiting the day that I'm there for that with camera in hand.

I stood in the middle of the road to capture some of these photos - not realizing I was blocking traffic. My poor friend thought I was going to get myself killed!

Enjoy your week,
Kathy :-)

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2009-07-29 17:44]

Hi Kathy

very good moment to capture this beautiful birds..
I like the POV and the very good apperture and the 1/400 obturator to freeze the image and with a great shapness.



Hi Kathy

Perfect moment, you've got the unique pose :)
Like your composition


Super kathy! Wow! You had a couple if not more perhaps a whole week or so of great opportunities...You must feel very Blessed. I was worried about you a bit today as the sun was hot...but my legs did not carry me all around... only half way.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-07-29 19:47]

Super shot Kathy!!
Love the angle you got of those magnificent wings. Wonderful detail and color, especially against that clear blue sky.
I hope someday to get a shot of an Osprey, but it may be way down the road since I rarely even get a glimpse of one.

Hello Kathy,

Good shot of the bird of the prey landing on to it's Eyrie (an eagle's nest), ofcourse it is an Osprey. Nice view from front of the take.

Keep Shooting!

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-07-29 23:14]

"blocking the traffic" is ok..*g* for such a great photo. :-) wonderful frozen action, the pose is really amazing.
well done & best wishes, thor.

Fantastic shot. I've seen plenty on the east coast at the outer banks, but wasn't able to get a clear shot. This one is very good, a bit tighter crop so the eye would have been more visible may be nice

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-30 0:41]

Hello Kathy,
What a wonderful photo in a perfect timing. The frontal POV is a very good choice. Great composition. Good sharpness, details and natural colours.

Verry good picture,nice moment with this bird landing.Well done.Alin.

Wow Kathy, This is amzing. Superb sharp shot! Nice pose and perfect time to press teh shutter. Very nice blue sky in the background. Lovely composition. I liked it very much!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-30 12:29]

Hello Kathy
I had miss that one.Beuaitful inflight capture.good POV and sharp image.I like the wing position and I also like the tip of the wing being OOF.
TFS Michel

What timing, Kathy!
Stunning shot!

Hello Kathy,

A fine photo, nicely captured at the right moment when the young bird was flexing its developing flight muscles. An interesting story behind it too, but do be careful around cars, drivers seem to have no patience with nature photographers blocking them, regardless of how good the resulting photo may be. ;-)


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