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Old May 8, 2005, 8:34 PM   #1
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I caught this lovely Osprey catching it's own meal for the mate. The bird flew very near to me but the first shots were in a backlit situation so the background is quite dead grey. Unfortunately this is how it's been the entire weekend. I got up early and had a few decent minutes of early light but then the wind started up and everything went grey.

Fish freshly caught with slime dripping from the catch's body and mouth:




Backlit shot but I thought the bird's body was worth posting:



More of the flight home:









Disgusting grey background but a peek at both birds and the male doing his ritual dance on the female's back. I'm not sure why they do this as I'm even less than a beginner at raptor behavior but it appears that every time the male is planning to leave the nesting area it performs this ritual as if saying, I'll be back soon or something to that effect:


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Old May 8, 2005, 8:47 PM   #2
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All good norm......but the last one is AWESOME!
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Old May 8, 2005, 8:52 PM   #3
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absolutely amazing!!!! so sharp!!! so good!!!!

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Old May 8, 2005, 10:56 PM   #4
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Thanks y'all, sorry about the grey skies but I did put in the request for blue...just got a busy signal :-)
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Old May 8, 2005, 11:30 PM   #5
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Norm, grey sky or not, these are awesome shots. Thanks for posting.
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Old May 9, 2005, 3:30 AM   #6
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Thanks, Norm. Amazin' shots.
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Great shots Norm. You are quite the master of shooting in-flight birds.
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Old May 9, 2005, 12:45 PM   #8
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Photo quiz of the day:

Ok, just what kind of fish is that?

I say a sucker...

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Old May 9, 2005, 1:35 PM   #9
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Really nice captures normcar. I used to see an osprey at my local park but he is not there anymore. Whenever I tried taking flight shots, most of the them came out OOF.
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Great series!
Wonderful pictures. very sharp!
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