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Ospreys are large birds of prey (55 to 58 cm long), with a wingspan ranging from 145 to 170 cm. Their long wings have a characteristic bend at the carpal (“wrist”) joints. They are bright white underneath, with dark brown patches at the carpal joints and a mottled dark brown necklace. Other identifying markings include a dark stripe through each eye, and a dark brown back. The feet of this species are pale blue-gray, and the beak is black.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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australian, predator, estuary, raptor, osprey, bird of prey, byron bay, pandion haliaetus, fishing hawk

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyabout 4 years ago

    great capture – mq

  • Many thanks, she’s an awesome bird!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture! Love how you’ve managed to catch the angle of her wings!

  • Thanks Trish, she was very close and giving me the eye. After that I watched her down in the estuary splashing around and having a bath for ages. Gorgeous but too far away for high quality shots.

    – byronbackyard

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMabout 4 years ago


  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous sky!! . . .
    Great capture!! . . .

  • Thanks Hugh .. the gorgeous sky is gone, only lasted a moment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Al Williscroft
    Al Williscroftabout 4 years ago

    Wow Byron great shot!!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago


  • Many thanks Lorilee!

    – byronbackyard

  • Steve Small
    Steve Smallabout 4 years ago


  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 2 years ago


    Please add this award winning image to the DeeZ 5Cs Award Showcase Group HERE
    Thanks, DeeZ!
    (Reminder, only works that receive this banner can be added to this group – I’m giving awards out to six works for each member at a time so be sure to submit all six!)

  • Many thanks for all the features DeeZ, very happy making and much appreciated!

    – byronbackyard

  • AGlassenbury
    AGlassenburyover 2 years ago

    Stunning capture! Wonderful colours!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

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