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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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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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  • Digidi
    Digidiabout 4 years ago

    you amaze me how you can catch them in flight, your patience is rewarded though

  • Many thanks Di, sometimes I’m there for hours and don’t get any good shot but other times I might get a couple and then I’m really happy!

    – byronbackyard

  • Berns
    Bernsabout 4 years ago


  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • YouBet
    YouBetabout 4 years ago

    This one is really showing off for you! To get the back side of this beauty—WOW!

  • Many thanks, yes I think they do when they come right over my head and sometimes show the big fish they’ve caught!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaabout 4 years ago

  • Val Saxby
    Val Saxbyabout 4 years ago

    Lovely shot.

  • Many thanks Val … it’s Bella the juvenile!

    – byronbackyard

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work !!!! Congratulations Honorable Mention of the Week !!! Editors Choice
    The World As We See It , or as we missed it. Group

  • Many thanks, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterabout 4 years ago

    Amazing capture. Excellent.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    October 25, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • henuly1
    henuly1about 4 years ago

    very nice capture!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

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