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PIC OF THE WEEK: 03/21/11 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2011 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Osprey

(Pandion haliaetus)

Where: Richmond, VA • Pipeline Section of James River Park

Notes: Signs of spring continue to reveal themselves. Sitting along the James River at Richmond, Virginia, I was amazed at the flurry of activity that wisped around in every direction. The Great Blue Herons were still carrying sticks onto the rookery and the Double-crested Cormorants drifted past, half sunken in the swollen current. Occasionally an Osprey would hover, dive towards the water and snatch a fish from just beneath the water's surface. Rough-winged Swallows were moving in and out over the channel and Red-winged Blackbirds were calling from the tops of the bushes that line the river bank. Gathering nest material, the Osprey made a flight into the trees and snapped off a branch in mid-flight from high up in the canopy. It carried the dry limb directly back the nesting site on top of the train trestle. Several times more the snapping of wood filled the air as this powerful raptor gathered more branches for its massive nest. Osprey usually mate for life and often re-use the same nest site for years, but they usually renovate it each season. Soon the Warblers will arrive and the winter birds will return to the north to breed.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 40D • Canon 100-400mm Zoom L Series Lens • Hand Held

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/4000 second • Aperture = f 5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~30 Feet • Date Shot: 03-18-11

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