Illinois Osprey

Discussion in 'Birds' started by gluwater, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. Hey gang, I haven't posted in a long time but I promised Frank I would post some shots of the Osprey I got today. Neither Frank nor I have been to the nest in a long time so we're not too sure what went on as far as chicks go. But I did see three Osprey today so I am assuming they successfully raised at least one chick. For anyone not familiar with the area, Osprey are endangered in Illinois and are considered an uncommon migrant. So to see a mating pair is very rare here. Enough of my blabbering, here's the Osprey along with a couple others from the day. Enjoy!

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    Field Sparrow
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    Hummingbird Clearwing Moth
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  2. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Excellent captures Nick. Good to see you posting.
     
  3. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Nice to see you Nick
    Hope all is well
    Thanks for postin over here:>))
    Very good images.
    I was unaware your Osprey were endangered there.
    Ours do not seem to migrate or we could send alot of them
    We have osprey on almost every pole:>))) Good to see
    Now we need a few more Eagles:>)) in our area
     
  4. Nice shots!

    Anthony
     
  5. Good looking shots Nick
     
  6. yoza717

    yoza717

    72
    Dec 23, 2006
    Palm Bay, FL
    Excellent captures...I really like the sparrow and moth (amazing timing on both).
     
  7. wow, excellent shots! Love the sparrow shot!
     
  8. Very nice series. The Hummingbird Moth is a new for me.
     
  9. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Excellent set Nick. Good to see you posting again.
     
  10. Great shots! Love the sparrow.

    Best,

    jose
     
  11. Thanks Frank. I haven't been out in a while so it's good to actually have something new to post.
    Hey Gale. From what I've read this pair moved into the area in 2003 and was the first known nesting pair in the state for 100 years. It was a pleasure to be able to shoot them.
     
  12. Thanks Anthony
    Thanks Gary, it was good to get out of the house.
    Thanks Manny. The sparrow was a pleasant surprise and the moth was an exercise in frustration. I was using a 400 with the full set of Kenko extension tubes on it and the AF was a bit screwy so I was manual focusing. The moths never stop moving. I was lucky to get the nice background and the moth in focus.
    Thanks, I like the wing position in that shot.
     
  13. Me too Louis. This is the first time I've ever seen them in the wild. They act very similarly to hummingbirds. I want to go back soon and get more shots now that I know where they are at.
    Hey Harry, it's good to actually have something to post. It's been a while since I've been out.
    Thank You Jose, it was fun to watch them flitting around.
     
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