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Osprey

Osprey (Image ID 40810)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Mon 15th Jun, 2020 and uploaded on same date.
Resolution1800x1400
Viewed68
ID40810
CommentOne could be tempted to name this image: ‘Don’t you dare returning with empty Talons’, but I only pluck up the courage to do so, if BirdLife will take the title, for what it is and not put anything political into it. On the prowl with the camera, I came upon this female eastern osprey sitting alone in a dead tree. Through the lens I watched her signalling to someone I couldn’t see. I guessed it was her mate arriving and soon enough he appeared and I overheard an angry exchange of rich language over the rattling of my camera. The image says it all and this is the best out of about a dozen that I captured during a very brief encounter
EquipmentNikon D850 camera
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR
Camera Settings =
Exposure Mode: Manual
Shutter speed: 1/2000sec
Aperture: f8
EV +0.7
Metering: Center-Weighted
ISO: 560 in ‘Auto’
Focus Mode: AF-C using ‘Low’ shutter speed set to 4 frames/sec
AF Area Mode: Single (AF sensor)
VR: On
Technique- 1.2X cropped sensor used = 35mm focal length = 600mm. Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head.
Post Production- Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for selective sharpening, some cropping and general post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-in Sharpen AI for further sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks
LocationIsland Point Reserve, Harvey Estuary, WA, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, female, in flight, adult
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