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PIC OF THE WEEK: 04/11/11 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2011 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Osprey

(Pandion haliaetus)

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

Notes: It was hard to pass up such a beautiful spring day with lots of sun light and temperatures approaching the seventies. So I thought I'd visit the near by rookery and see what was buzzing around. I was not disappointed, as the nest building activity was still going on. Even though most of the female Great Blue Herons were observably incubating eggs, the males continued to bring sticks to trim up the nests. There was several times I counted as many as six or more Ospreys in the area. The pair closest to my position was building their nest as well. One of the two had landed in a tree just off to my left while its mate circled around chirping over and over. Then it approached and landed on the branch next to its partner. Within moments one Osprey, the male I presume, hopped on to the back of the female and held its wings open for a brief period. She lowered her head in a submissive position. The way he sat back on his "knee" joint, seemed to be a precaution to prevent injury to her from his sharp talons. They did not mate, but I assumed this was part of a courtship process as it is with so many birds this time of year.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 40D • Canon 800mm Prime f-5.6 FD L Series Lens • FD to EOS Converter • Manfroto Tripod

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/800 second • Aperture = f8 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: Manual • Lens (Focal) Length = 800 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~50 Feet • Date Shot: 04-06-11

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