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Copyright: tom thurston (tboy83) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 14] (41)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-12
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-11 13:41
Viewed: 3133
Points: 8
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This isn't a very impressive picture, but I wanted to share it any way. I live in western New York, and Ospreys are not common here. Two summers ago, an Osprey nested in Niagara county , and it made the front page of the Buffalo News City and Region section.
When I first saw the bird I thought it was a red tail, because I see plenty of those. Its only when it grabbed a fish out of the water did I realize it wasn't.
Fishing birds will perch in a tree near to where it catches the fish for two reasons. It uses the time to shake any water that is caught in its feathers, and it will reposition the fish so its head points forward, to lessen the resistance. I watched it do both of those things. I was very excited to see this bird fishing in Cayuga Creek.

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To tuslaw: Osprey is greattboy83 1 06-14 21:18
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Hey tom,
Nice share.
You have captured the moment well, the color & light is good-only the sharpness is a little out.

This seems a difficult site to get any feedback on-so just keep posting anyhow-thats what i do!!

My regards,
David Cortez

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-06-14 19:35]
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Great shot Tom,
Even if it is just a tad out of focus, it's still a prized image to you. I know the feeling you had when you saw this bird because I've been trying to get a quality photo of an albino Red-tailed Hawk for the past two years.
I've taken many shots of it, but it is so elusive that I can't get close enough for a good photo.
Your Osprey is just as important to you, and that's all that really matters in the end.
Thanks for posting it for all to enjoy!!
PS. I will be vacationing at Chautauqua Lake in Maysville NY. in a week. I hope to get some good shots while up there.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-06-14 21:30]

Nice capture. The colors and exposure are good. What i like most is that you photographed the Osprey with it's catch... a nice sized fish. I am sure it was exciting to watch.

Hi Tom,

Don't sell you self shot mate this is a great image, yes it might be a little soft but its still a great catch (pardon the pun) beautiful colours and well framed and composed, all the best,

Cheers Rick :) P.s and a warm welcome to T.N

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