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|This juvenile Oprey (Pandion haliaetus) *hawk and eagle family* seemed to enjoy soaring for the pure pleasure it brought him. He dipped, dived, waggled his wings, and cried out once or twice (all with a fish clutched in his talons!). I wondered if he was bragging to his sibling, asking his mamma to watch, or, like many youngsters, just shouting with joy at the new discoveries he is able to do with each new day that passes.|
What a joy it was to watch him; he always stayed high above me, as if to tease - or to stay out of the camera range. To him, it may have appeared to be an enemy of some sort; at the very least, he/she made it obvious, the long lens I held was not to be trusted.
His/her mama looked on with pride and made no move to intervene. The mama now knows me and allowed me closer than ever to her nest, but then, she's had to deal with me and my infernal camera for three years now. In fact, she dove once, just over my head - low enough for me to duck but high enough to do absolutely no damage. My best guess? She has a sense of humor and the joke was on me that day; it could have been worse had she chosen to let loose a bowel movement while she passed over.
It's the closest she's ever come to playing with me. The last time she dove at me (three years ago when I saw her for the first time), her talons were down and her shrill cry was in no way playful. In no uncertain terms, I was told to leave!
The agility of the Osprey is so amazing. They are silent in flight as well as in take off. At the time Mama sailed over my head, my focus was on one of her youngsters (three years running, she has had two babies) and she took advantage of it. No time for a photo capture, but a friend said she wished she had had a video camera because my reaction and look on my face was priceless!
At the time this was taken, we had come back a second time. The day had been so cloudy that none of the first batch came out, so we proceeded on to the lake. While there, it began to clear up, and my friend didn't seem to mind my request that we stop one more time. I'm glad we did, for this is one of the eight images I walked away with. Oh, happy day!
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Wow! I have never seen this picture before this mo9moent...How great. I know your lens but to be so clear like this he must have been pretty low...good angle...a very dramatic post...I wish you would post more often!:-)
I just spent about 2 hours today watching un Osprey family in a nest that I have been watching all summer on and off. They are great birds to watch. You have captured a great in-flight shot with nice detail very sharp. Well done!! TFS
- [2009-08-11 19:48]
How sharp and close, how beautifully lit, superb Kathy! You managed to get a bright view of the underneath of the bird against the sky, tip of the hat. This bird seems to yell "Freedom"! I sometimes wonder where you spend your days to meet with all these animals, I am really amazed, you know. I go out with the dogs and today was my lucky day, I met with two birds ;-) I guess shooting flowers and trees and barks and roots is easier for me than wait to meet an animal! Thanks for the notes, I love your stories and can imagine the shrill of the mama flying over your head. Goose bumps! Many thanks to you Kathy and your last comment touched my heart. Go see my last post, it is dedicated to you!
- [2009-08-12 0:34]
What an excellent photo. Superb timing. Good sharpness and details. The colours are very beautiful in a great contrast against the blue sky. Very nice composition.
- [2009-08-12 2:35]
Bird in flight always attract me, so is this.
Excellent shot, with good exposure of bird and blue sky.
your Osprey photo is one of the best bird of prey in-flight photos,
fine POV and framing, superb focus on it with great sharpness
and details, excellent contrast, TFS