Standing Watch

Virginia N. Fred

Cape Coral, United States

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He stood watch over his territory, making sure no one was there to harm the many nest that were around him

Photo taken at Pine Island Florida

The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the sea hawk, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching 60 centimeters (24 in) in length with a 1.8 metre (6 ft) wingspan. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts, with a black eye patch and wings.

The Osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant.

As its other common name suggests, the Osprey’s diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It has evolved specialised physical characteristics and exhibits unique behaviour to assist in hunting and catching prey. As a result of these unique characteristics, it has been given its own taxonomic genus, Pandion and family, Pandionidae. Four subspecies are usually recognised. Despite its propensity to nest near water, the Osprey is not a sea-eagle.
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Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Tv(Shutter Speed) 1/400Sec.
Av(Aperture Value) F5.6
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF75-300mm f/4-5.6
Focal Length 300.0 mm
Image size 3888 × 2592
Image Quality RAW
Flash Off
White Balance Daylight
AF mode One-Shot AF
Picture Style Faithful

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