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I don’t usually upload two of the same critter unless I am very excited about the experience, and in this case I am…lol

Imagine my surprise when I went for a little jaunt this morning and came across this guy! I have seen them form a distance when they are migrating and captured one on a very cloudy day. They are not native to the state and the last thing you think you are going to see in our desert…lol So when I saw this guy I about caused an accident…lol. I pulled over and crept the truck closer to be able to capture him. Not to bad from the truck window and using a Point & Shoot!

As this guy took off I followed him just to see him meet up with another. Too far for my little camera, but an awesome thing to watch as they circled!!!!!!!!!!!!


Taken in Marana, AZ using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

Once threatened with extirpation by DDT in North America, Osprey is now a familiar sight on
lakes, bays and rivers. Their huge stick nests are conspicuous on buoys, channel markers and
large trees.

Osprey (called fish hawks) hunts by hovering over the water, then plunging down to grasp fish
with open talons lined with spicules (barbs). In fall migration hundreds can be seen passing
hawkwatch sites en route to wintering areas.

VOICE Piercing whistled notes, heard mostly

around nest.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Osprey, Pandion haliaetus–whose species name is derived from the Greek ‘hals’ (salt or sea) and ‘aetos,’ or eagle–is the only bird of prey that feeds exclusively on live fish.
  • Live fish account for about 99% of their diet. Barbed pads on the soles of its feet help it grip slippery fish. When an Osprey takes a large fish to its nest, it carries the fish headfirst to make it as aerodynamic as possible.
  • Their outer toe is reversible so that it can grasp with three toes forward and one toe backward or with two forward and two backward, which provides a more stable grip in flight.
  • Their eggs do not hatch all at once, but instead the first chick hatches out up to five days before the last one.

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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Comments

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago

    This is beautiful Kimberly, well done!!

  • I was stoked Marvin! I couldn’t believe my luck with him. They were so gorgeous to watch in the sky with that wing span! Just amazing….lol Thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Val Saxby
    Val Saxbyover 4 years ago

    Great capture Kimberley. Val

  • Thank you so much Val! I am still rather pumped at seeing one this close much less at all!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 4 years ago

    super capture

  • Thank you so much dear Robert!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • DragonflyDancer
    DragonflyDancerover 4 years ago

    I’d be excited, too! Excellent timing and capture, Kimberly!

  • Thank you Sabrina!!!!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 4 years ago

    Wow wow wow Kimberly, beautiful, this is a juvenile Osprey!

  • Thank you Deb! I was truly stoked about seeing one! I am still thrilled when I look at it!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • RichImage
    RichImageover 4 years ago

    fantastic capture… beautiful bird Kimberly…. good work…

  • Thank you Rich, I hope you are well Sir. It is great to see you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Sherry Pundt
    Sherry Pundtover 4 years ago

    Awsome capture Kimberly! I am very jealous! You have captured him beautifuly.

  • Thank you so much Sherry!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • bettyb
    bettybover 4 years ago

    What a great capture You can be lucky being in the right place at the right time,

  • I do believe luck has a part in it, but I think observation and fate are also mixed in that..lol, thank you Betty!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsover 4 years ago

    So am i ! , great little capture Kimberly , Trev

  • Yes you are darlin, thank you Trev very much !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    Oh how fabulous!! What a great in flight capture of this magnificent bird – I can see why you were so excited!

  • Hehehe, thank you. I still get excited today seeing the image. It was nice to see something different at home.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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