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Old Feb 18, 2008, 9:54 PM   #1
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been out of town but did catch this guy.. unfortunately i could not get close....







yeah, i see i stepped on some toes last week............







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Old Feb 18, 2008, 11:03 PM   #2
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Nice pics, roy. You got closer with those shots than what I would have with the current equipment I have. Gotta get working on remedying that situation.


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Old Feb 19, 2008, 12:25 AM   #3
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Don't worry about toes ..I wear steel toed boots...Nice photos. Very sharp. They hold up well at a 200% zoom on my monitor! Did you get the chance to shoot more?

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Old Feb 19, 2008, 1:40 AM   #4
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The ospreys have declined in numbers over here for unknown reasons. Some ten years ago we had a pair down at the little lake nearby. They werebreeding every year, once I saw them with three fledging youngsters at the same time. Haven't seen any in seven or eight years.

I often see ospreys posted here. Are they still common in America?

And what happened to your 500/4.5? Still waiting for spares?

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Old Feb 19, 2008, 9:36 AM   #5
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bilybianca wrote:
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I often see ospreys posted here. Are they still common in America?

And what happened to your 500/4.5? Still waiting for spares?

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this is the only osprey i've ever seen here. hopefully it's a mating pair.
i was repairing the 500mm and made the mistake of lock tighting the aperture adjusting stem into the threads. of course it spread and locked the ap down. every thing is in pieces now and i just haven't been inclined to work on it.
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Old Feb 19, 2008, 9:58 AM   #6
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Nice series, I pick #3 as my favorite. You done did gooood.



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bilybianca wrote:
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The ospreys have declined in numbers over here for unknown reasons. Haven't seen any in seven or eight years.

I often see ospreys posted here. Are they still common in America?
Ospreys have been increasing here since DDT was banned. Their populations had suffered (as did the Bald Eagles, Perigrines, Marsh Harriers, Pelicans, and Cormorants, to name a few of the hardest hitfish and bird-eatingpredators, all of which are recovering) from the effects of metabolites of DDT which interfered with the transfer of calcium to the egg shells (which then collapsed), and also affected their breeding behavior. If what I have heard is correct, I would suspect declining fish populations and/or pollutants in the Baltic Sea with contaminating fish there.
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Wonderful pictures, Roy, and very interesting information, penolta. It seems like the California Condor gets all the press around here, so I didn't realize that so many other types of birds were affected, too.
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H,
i'm from S. La. and the state bird is the brown pelican. it was almost wiped from the face of the earth from this as was the condor. fortunately they've made a spectacular come back as the bald eagle..

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Very Nice pictures. I see ospry's every day, there are nests on just about all the telephone poles over by the marina, and there are always a few sitting up high watching the water out at the refuge.

Getting a good close up, now thats rare here.


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