Saturday, July 30, 2011

FLYday - Double Osprey Delight


FLYday is an homage to what our feathered friends do best, fly.

These are Osprey, also called Fish Hawks. The bird on the left is an adult female chasing a first summer, male bird away from the nest. The mother bird on the left has two new chicks in a nearby nest. The younger bird on the right was hatched last year and probably was trying to come back to the nest it knew when it was a new chick. Kind of sad!

53 comments:

  1. Excellent capture! I took some great osprey shots a little earlier when two were making lots of noise. I'll have to take a closer look at them to see if they tell a similar story! Love your header! What great company while you are paddling. ~karen

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  2. Hey Robin...wonderful shot...my goodness they are big birds though aren't they...

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  3. Karen and Grammie G, thank you very much. It does look like some kind of 'big bird' ballet, if not an out and out fight.

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  4. WOW, Robin, a double BIF! Fantastic capture.

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  5. Great picture Robin. I spent a half hour last night chasing a single Momma Osprey around the sky alternately capturing a right or left wing, tail feathers and blank sky. Birds in flight are HARD. It's great to see you put a few words down here on your blog. I've been missing them. :-). AnnieO

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  6. Mainebirder, thank you! As you know hard enough to get one, never mind double and in perfect alingment

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  7. AnnieO, thank for that. I'm tickled that someone recognizes how hard it is to get birds in flight. It takes huge practice and patience and do overs!

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  8. Shawn Weigelt commented on your note "FLYday - Double Osprey Delight".

    Shawn wrote: "WOW! Nice shot there, Robin! Also looks like a good comparison on male/female size difference with the larger female on the left with the, "necklace," and the pale breasted male on the right."

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  9. Magnificent! Magnificent!




    AtHomePilgrim

    July 31, 2011 09:04 AM

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  10. John Briggs commented on your post in Birders who Blog, Tweet and Chirp.









    John Briggs

    6:49pm Jul 30


    Great double BIF Robin!

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  11. Sooooo beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    clay ball

    July 31, 2011 10:42 AM

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  12. Shawn, John, AtHomePilgrim and clay ball, thanks all for viewing and commenting. As many of you know by now, I"m addicted to photograpy, especially capturing birds. Birds in flight present particular challenges and rewards. It gives me great pleasure that others enjoy the fruits of my labors.

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  13. Beautiful, of the two ospreys!

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  14. Great shots Robin!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  15. Fantastic capture, Robin. I feel sorry for the homesick bird, but we must all eventually leave home.

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  16. A fantastic flight shot Robin...

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  17. Great photos of the ospreys. I see plenty of them around the bay here but never lined up so perfectly as that.

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  18. Hilke, Andrew, Joo and Mick, thank you all! I've never seen a photo of them flying in sync. like that either. Hilke, I thought the same thing. I guess if my kids had persisted in trying to come home I would have gotten kind of testy with them, too!

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  19. Certainly a miraculous capture! Frame it!

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  20. Now I struggle to see one here; and you get two! lol
    Great capture.

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  21. Frank, Springman and Holdingmoments, thank you! My record high count for Osprey at one time is 12 right here at my house. But, that said, I never see them flying together or at least lined up like these. Springman, I think it would be really cool to have a giant silk screen 10 feet across of this image and have it suspended in an airport lobby. Eh?

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  22. Beautiful... you take some of the most amazing pictures.

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  23. No matter what they are doing, the formation flying is spectacular!

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  24. A beautiful view of the Osprey, really good photo.

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  25. Cool, awesome flight shot of two Osprey.

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  26. Hi - was wacthing the same species down here in Australia last month - no formation flying through!

    Great shots. Stewart M - Australia

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  27. Great photo to have them both side by side.

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  28. Beautiful photos,love your travelling companion,looks just like a person sitting there holding on to the boat,phyllis

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  29. Neil, thank you for that. And Phylliso, thankk you, too. The dog in the kayak is pretty funny and I thought did look like a person at the helm.

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  30. In perfect sync as they fly. Truly wonderful image.

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  31. Sondra and Andy, thank you very much. You guys make me want to try even harder.

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  32. excuse my french, but "holy crap!"

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  33. TexWisGirl, toooooo funny. I speak French. :)

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  34. Robin.... you are amazing! What a beautiful shot of a mama letting her child know that once you leave, you're gone for good!

    Chrissie Pissie

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