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PIC OF THE WEEK: 09/14/15 • PREVIOUS WEEKALL 2015 PICSNEXT WEEK

Where:Richmond, VA • James River east of Richmond
Notes: This action packed image was chosen this week in celebration of an opportunity to share a recently updated “Birds Of Prey” Program as part of a Shenandoah National Park Service seminar series entitled “Birds of a Feather Flock Together”. It is being presented along with a guided birdwalk and an afternoon of hawk watching up at Hawksbill Mountain on Virginia’s Skylive Drive. I find myself reminiscing of early mornings and long afternoons spent in my youth, counting and identifying migratory hawks along the Blue Ridge Parkway many years ago. In those days, this species was known as the Fish Hawk. It is pretty clear in this photograph how it got that name. Of the many species we would see during migration, the Osprey was fairly easy to recognize with its contrasting plumage and a dihedral that has a slight ”m” shape to it. That was evident even at great distances and when the birds were very high up. Osprey have a reversible outer toe that aids in their ability to catch fish. They also have specially barbed pads on the bottom of their feet, that help them grasp slippery fish like catfish and herring. Once captured, they quickly turn their catch head-first into their direction of flight, to make it more aerodynamic. The Osprey is certainly one of our most amazing raptors.
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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Hand Held • Shot from a Boat (Discover The James Eagle Tours)
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 = ~35 Feet • Date Shot: 04-19-15

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