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Flight Of The Osprey

Flight Of The Osprey
Photo Information
Copyright: Kathy Davis (kedavis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 119] (436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 75 - 300 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): A - Z Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-24 10:24
Viewed: 5156
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello All..

We are back to the Osprey. My favorite challenge. In our area, the babies are now grown and have mostly left the nests. Just like adult children, there are a few that just won't leave home. :-}

As always advice, opinions and critiques are greatly encouraged.

Have a wonderful day....Kathy

Cool Facts

* The Osprey readily builds its nest on manmade structures, such as telephone poles, channel markers, duck blinds, and nest platforms designed especially for it. Such platforms have become an important tool in reestablishing Ospreys in areas where they had disappeared. In some areas nests are placed almost exclusively on artificial structures.

* 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 possible.

Source: www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Osprey.html

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Mi piace questa foto anche per come l'hai lavorata. Ciao gigicacco

Hi Kathy, awesome presentation! Ok, simple composition but coupled with the framing (especially the shadows behind the wing tip feathers)... simply awesome! I could write loads of 'blah' but 'outstanding' should cover it. Good note as well. TFS. Well done, regards, Tim.


Great capture and excellent presentation. Thanks for the note as well.

Hi Kathy,

Nice inflight shot. Good postwork as well ;o)


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-24 14:21]

Hi Kathy,

Great action image, nice sharp details and lovely colours. The presentation is excellent, you really are getting good with your framing, well done.

Regards Hilary :)

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2006-08-24 14:47]

Joli montage inhabituel. Sympa!
Bonne journée.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-08-24 15:26]

Hello Kathy.
Great presentation, framing is surprising and excellent. DOF and POV are great. Very well done.
Gr. Hans

Hi Kathy

Nice shot. Good detail. Love the framing. Nice work. :-)

Good morning Kathy,
Just time for a quick visit.
Nice capture. have a great weekend. I like the presentation.

Hello Kathy,
A fine photograph, nicely presented!
Good details in the feather coat, great colours!
Pablo -

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-25 3:33]

A beautiful presentation, Kathy.
The osprey is gorgeous with his wings spread wide. The details and light on them are amazing. Great POV and very creative framing.
TFS. : )

I would love to know how did you get the bird wings out of the frame like that, I have been trying to figure it out. Love the presentation.

Hello Khaty, nice compo really well managed.
Excellent in-flight shot with great sdetails.


Nice capture. Nice work done on the picture (nicely done. Not always easy to cut along the feathers)

Hi Kathy,
First, the inflight shot on the Osprey is excellent. Good quality light and a spot on exposure rendered nice beautiful colors and sharp detail from wing tip to wing tip. Second your PP work is very cool here. I am usually not a big fan of this, but I have to admit this does look great. I like the drop shadow on the wing tips off the inner framing. Nice touch! Third, I am outta points, so like ARNOLD says "Ill be back"


Hi Kathy
Merveilleuse prédentation de cet oiseau de proie qui est immence car ses ailes sortent du portrait!It's a jock ah ah.
Les couleur et les détails sont supers.
Bravo et merci pour le partage...JP

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-25 9:31]

Hello Kathy,
a wonderful presented picture, the framing is perfectly done and the shadow effect you added is splendid. You made your wonderful shot into art work.

Very good notes. Framed it well. The shadows of the wing add beauty to the pic.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-25 15:04]

Great in flight shot and nicely presented



  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-08-25 15:26]

Hi Kathy,
A beautiful picture and very nice framing idea!
Very well done and TFS
:) Points later

This is a stunning presentation, Kathy. I think we would all like a workshop on the framing technique!

You did a marvelous job of panning to capture such sharpness in this photo. It's really nice. TFS

Evelynn : )

Hello Kathy, Excellent shot! Love the framing. All good work. Excellent detail on the bird and sharpness with good lighting. Well done.

Demetrio :-)

hi kathy
l'oiseau est magnifique avec de bons details et une netteté impeccable,mais la ce qui est le mieux realisé c'est le travail de retouche pour l'encadrement.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-27 10:26]

Hi Kathy
Great inflight shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details, BG POV. Also good note.
Well done Kathy


Hi Kathy,
I haven't seen this one yet! Wow, what a beautiful capture. You did great with perfect details and very good exposure. Catching bird in flight is not the easiest thing to do :) Congratulations,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-28 12:19]

Hi Kathy.

Fantastic shot. Quality of execution is excellent. Captured scene, pose of bird are superb. You have perfectly worked at presentation of the picture. It is staggering. Exposure, lighting of bird, its sharpness and details are perfect too. Great work. Bravo. My compliments and best regards.


Hi, Katty
Great shot and excellent presentation.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-09-08 17:48]

Hi Kathy,
excellent framing :)
I like the composition and the POV of this shot,
good lighting and detail on the bird,
Great Work :)
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • kona Silver Star Critiquer [C: 35 W: 3 N: 0] (875)
  • [2006-09-10 22:17]

Superb capture, magnificent lighting and movement!,
very creative. marvelous tones. great composition. cong.Best wishes, kona

Hi Kathy,
Wow, great shot!
Excellent composition and POV. Very good detail, color, light, and DOF. I dared a WS to try and enhance it a bit..
Very well done.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-10 14:16]

Hi Kathy,

A great composition and I like the framing a lot,its just she is flying out of the composition,well done,


LOVELY BEYOND BELIEF. It is soooo beautiful that I've decided
to use this your image on my "LOVE MAKING... OSPREY STYLE".
Hope you don't mind.
Warm regards from Calgary Alberta.

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