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OSPREY WITH CATCH . . . I spent yesterday at J DING DARLING WILDLIFE REFUGE on Sanibel Island, Florida. What a beautiful place! I would highly recommend it to any photographers visiting the Ft Myers, Florida area or anyone who just wants to see some spectacular wading birds and wildlife.

My sister-in-law and fellow photographer Deena Westberry and I opted to drive the 5 mile route through the preserve. She happens to have a hybrid vehicle which is so quiet when running on battery power the birds were not in the least disturbed as they didn't hear us at all. There is the option of biking or walking the path if one chooses. There are numerous areas to pull off to the side, park and walk if one chooses as we did many times.

I am sure I will be uploading these images for some time as I captured many more than I care to count this morning!

This Osprey dived down, caught the fish it is carrying and flew right toward me. I mean RIGHT AT ME! I thought at one point I would have to duck, caught me totally off guard. We were on the third deck of an observation tower at the time. At the last minute it shot up to the roof where it landed and ate its lunch. I am thrilled I got the 5 or 6 images I did as I was totally taken aback. Everyone around me was shouting "Did you get the shot? Did you get it"!

Osprey are numerous at the preserve as they are most places in Florida, but this was an event of a lifetime for me!

Thanks for looking and God bless,
PattiSmile

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:300mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/2000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Action (High speed)
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:OSPREY WITH CATCH . . .
Username:PattiW PattiW
Uploaded:12 Feb 2014 - 11:32 AM
Tags:Osprey, Wildlife / nature
Votes:43

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debu
debu  4 India
12 Feb 2014 - 11:35 AM

SUPER IN FLIGHT CAPTURED.
DEBU

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digital_boi
12 Feb 2014 - 11:38 AM

excellent BIF capture good job you stood your ground

Graham

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 11:41 AM

A wonderful experience for you Patti, great shot,

Ali

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ColleenA
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12 Feb 2014 - 11:46 AM

Oh wow, what an experience, well done it's fantastic.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 11:53 AM

What a super capture, Patti, and it sounds as though you had a marvellous day. Carol

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 - 12:19 PM

Well captured.

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saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 12:20 PM

Excellent and fantastic capture,
saeid

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Mollycat
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12 Feb 2014 - 1:06 PM

Superb capture with excellent eye detail Patti.
Peter GrinGrinGrin

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MalcolmM
MalcolmM e2 Member 927 forum postsMalcolmM vcard Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 3:20 PM

Well done to catch this. Look forward to more from your visit.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 4:25 PM

Breath taking capture Patti. Superb panning and timing.
I look forward to seeing the other images.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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12 Feb 2014 - 5:41 PM

Excellent capture..look forward to seeing the rest of the shots.

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EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 - 6:02 PM

Great captureSmile

Eileen

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NDODS e2 Member 33063 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 6:51 PM

A stunning inflight capture, beautifully timed and so very well captured with great colour and detail throughout Patti

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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12 Feb 2014 - 11:25 PM

Super inflight capture !!
Mick.

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gajewski e2 Member 9gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 6:21 PM

Wow, Patti. What a GREAT shot.
-=\Walter
PS We have osprey near us and I've learned that when they fly with their catch, they never carry the fish sideways. Looks like yours is flying with the fish tail-first. They know enough to streamline their flight. I find them to be quite fascinating birds.

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2014 - 9:39 PM

A brilliant inflight shot Patti, one of your very best I'd say

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26 Mar 2014 - 2:50 PM

an experience i'd love being an into ornithology as well as photography superb shot

Last Modified By sparrowhawk at 26 Mar 2014 - 2:51 PM

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