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Ospreys: Home for the Summer!
Ospreys: Home for the Summer!

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Challenge: Wildlife VI (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges: People, Other
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Cape Cod
Date: Apr 15, 2014
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: Apr 15, 2014

Thanks for the comments.

I've never seen a pair in flight near their nest before, let alone photographed a pair in that position, so I was pretty chuffed that I captured this. I assume it's early enough in the mating season that there are no eggs in the nest needing to be incubated yet, leaving both adults free to leave and look for food and nest re-building materials at the same time.

It was interesting to watch this pair approach and land on the nest. As they approached they were quite close to one another, with relatively flattened wings, then the slightly higher of the two started what I think of as a "braking/approach maneuver", creating more curve to his wings and starting to lower his feet and generally creating more air resistance in order to slow down, but kept in a position that provided protection to the other bird, who then slowed in a similar way and landed first.

I so wanted this to end up next to my image from earlier this year of a snowy owl sitting on an empty osprey's nest, but a last minute vote of 5 pushed it down a spot. Ah well, a lesson about attachment!


Place: 7 out of 96
Avg (all users): 6.7760
Avg (commenters): 7.7000
Avg (participants): 6.7600
Avg (non-participants): 6.7867
Views since voting: 735
Views during voting: 268
Votes: 125
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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04/23/2014 03:52:08 PM
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04/23/2014 11:15:32 AM
Love the green netting decor! Congrats on the tt, Penny. Love the word "chuffed" :)
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04/23/2014 10:55:20 AM
Wonderful catch!! Congrats on the tt!
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04/23/2014 10:39:16 AM
Way to go, sweetie! It's like a fine illustration.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/22/2014 03:58:00 PM
Good strong photo of this pair of ospreys. The detail in the nest is fascinating.
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04/22/2014 05:43:47 AM
Beautiful, love the details in those ospreys, so well focused!
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04/21/2014 08:40:32 PM
Superb capture! One of my ribbon choices.Interesting to see that the ospreys are into recycling.
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04/21/2014 07:05:11 AM
Great action shot. Looks like they have everything from netting to pinecones in there.
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04/19/2014 06:53:16 PM
wow!!! great shot!!!!
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04/18/2014 08:17:02 PM
I think I'd have cropped out the green net... to make it more natural. And the background is a bit noisy...

It'a a wonderful capture, though.

Still an 8 from me.
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04/17/2014 01:21:42 PM
Great timing. I love that nest.
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04/16/2014 04:48:07 PM
I like the image and the moment of the birds caught in flight. Excellent photography apart from the very central crop and composition. However I am against the hand of man (the nest support) in any "Wildlife" imagery (although some crop it out of their images kudos that you didnít. Whilst it may be argued that this is to aid their numbers by providing a nesting base where natural trees or roosts might have been eradicated and protect them from predators (and the birds are wild) it still is human intervention and belongs in a "Nature" category. True wildlife images are taken in the ever decreasing WILD.
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04/16/2014 10:12:53 AM
oooohhhh I like this a lot! Great capture. Love the high key
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04/16/2014 04:48:55 AM
well shot caught at the right moment
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