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Old Jun 5, 2007, 2:57 AM   #1
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Yesterday I was out biking in Upper Newport Backbay. I had heard that there was a nesting pair of Ospreys. I had seen pics in another forum, but I had no idea where to find them. I cycled all the way to the end of the bike path and was about to turn around when I looked out over the water and there it was. I spotted the manmade nesting platform sticking up above some nearby buildings. Unfortunately I did not have my camera with. I came back today and was not disappointed.

1) Osprey in flight.



2) This osprey would perch on the flagpole nearby the nest and then take off to stretch it's wings. I had a feeling that it would eventually come back. Look at those claws! I wish I didn't clip its tail.



3) Here is the nest and some of the fledgling ospreys. One was quite noisy, constantly calling to it's parents for food. Occassionally one would stretch it's wings out and catch the breeze for a short hop into the air.


4) I think they are pretty close to leaving the nest. Hopefully I can get some nice shots of their maiden flights.



5) Weeee. This is fun!



6) Such a fierce looking bird. I hope to capture some shots of the fledglings learning to hunt with mommy and daddy.



7) I never realized how huge their wingspans were.



8) Here's some shots of one of the parents trying to bring home some dinner.



9) No such luck on this attempt.



After having spent about 2 hours with this osprey family, I bade them farewell and went home to take care of my own little fledglings.

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Bravo!!! I like them all, especially #6. Which lens was that?
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Old Jun 5, 2007, 5:15 AM   #3
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Great shots Hung!! Looks like you found a good spot for checking the Osprey's out. cheers..........Don
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Old Jun 5, 2007, 7:20 AM   #4
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Fantastic series Hung :!:



Thanks for sharing

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Old Jun 5, 2007, 12:14 PM   #5
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Thanks! These were shot with the Canon 20D and Canon EF 400mm f5.6, handheld. I sent a reply to your pm last week. The forum servers have had some problems so I hope you got it.

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Thanks Hung, I just wanted to be sure. They are truleyamazing (imho)!
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Old Jun 5, 2007, 5:36 PM   #7
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Ospreys once nested commonly on the Channel Islands, along with Bald Eagles, both of which disappeared when DDT levels reached critical levels for them. Bald Eagles, as an endangered species,have been reintroduced on the Channel Islands and this year was the first one in which they were able to raise young on their own without help from the recovery team. No such program existed for the Osprey, but this nesting platform was built on Shellmaker Island several years ago by Cal Fish & Gameand Fish & Wildlife Service personnel, and was quickly occupied by one of the first (maybe the first) nesting pairs locally.

There have beensome terrificOsprey pictures on this forum, but these take the cake -absolutely awesome. Keep up the good work.
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Hung,

The 400 is very sharp and seems to do a great job of getting extremely sharp shots of moving birds. Very nice job!

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Thanks guys. I had a blast shooting this magnificent bird.

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Thanks guys. I had a blast shooting this magnificent bird.

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