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Osprey

Osprey (Image ID 39476)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Wed 19th Feb, 2020 and uploaded on Fri 6th Mar, 2020 .
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CommentPreviously, the globally occurring Osprey had four subspecies recognised worldwide. However, recent studies have identified but two species of Osprey: the Western Osprey (Pandion halietus) with three subspecies found in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and the Eastern (P. cristatus) occurring between Indonesia, Australia and New Caledonia. Eastern Ospreys are found along most of the Australian coast line, except for in Victoria and Tasmania. Disliking closely settled areas, it is uncommon in south-eastern Australia. The species fancies rocky shorelines, islands and reefs but is found along rivers and estuaries, too. A breeding pair of osprey will re-use the same nest year after year, and the nests may become huge in time. The Eastern Osprey primarily feeds on fish, which it locates by soaring and then snatching from the water, talons stretched forward. However it will take birds, lizards and carrion. The female is the larger bird. Grey Point; GPS. Status (Global, 2016): Least Concern
EquipmentOlympus OM-D E-M1X camera body with Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens + MC-14 Teleconverter; Velbon Neo Carmagne Carbon Tripod with Manfrotto Ball Head Art 498RC2.
Camera settings: Exposure Program/Shooting Mode: ‘Manual’; shutter speed 1/800 sec, f8 & ISO-320. Metering Mode: ‘CenterWeightedAverage’; Focus Mode: ‘Continous-AF’ with the AF-system further set to ‘AF-Target Mode’ and a target group of 9 sensors (3x3). Drive: ‘Sequential shooting (2frame)’ in ‘Continuous Low’. Maximum burst rate habitually set to 12 to prevent filling up the buffer for which reason also I shoot only in RAW. Image Stabilizer routinely left on (S-SIS AUTO); In-Camera Sharpness +2. (These settings are also the combination I favour for birds in flight; it took a lot of experimentation with the OM-D E-M1X/300 mm F4 lens combo to find a merger of settings suitable for this challenging discipline.)
Olympus Workspace for metadata; FastStone for viewing & sorting; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins Sharpen AI for sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for identification, supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationPoint Grey, Peel Inlet; GPS, Western Australia
Keywordsfeeding/with prey, adult
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