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A week ago, I released eight young ducks onto my backyard pond. They have attracted the attention of this bird of prey I suppose, because I have not ever seen this bird before and I've lived at this location for 14 years. Peter Pin Hole tells me it's an Osprey It is much too small to carry away a large duck. Perhaps it was hoping for some small ducklings? Take a look at the larger size if it will help identify. It's not a sharply detailed photo....I'm not steady enough for handheld shots like this! I have steady hands, but when I hold a camera with spot focus, I shake like an O'possum passing a peach seed!
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Feb 22 2009 17:49 GMT peterpinhole
Haha that last bit about shaking cracked me up!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey
Feb 22 2009 17:50 GMT peterpinhole
But I do hope your ducks make out OK
Feb 22 2009 18:52 GMT PhotoPro PRO
I know all about the shaking!

sure looks like an Osprey
Feb 22 2009 19:06 GMT martini957
I compared the pictures and yep it sure looks like an Osprey....I wouldn't have know what it was without Peter's link...I think it's a great shot...awesome looking bird
Feb 22 2009 19:25 GMT LizSA
beautiful bird... sureley hope the ducklings are doing well..
Feb 22 2009 20:30 GMT Cooler PRO
Wonderful capture Larry, he sure looks like he's out on a hunt ;-)))
Feb 22 2009 21:05 GMT MagentaStar
It looks like an osprey to me....great capture...i think they feed almost exclusively on fish, so the ducklings should be ok my friend! :-)
Feb 22 2009 22:26 GMT Vasca
I don't know the bird, but it's beautiful!!
Feb 23 2009 07:11 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks for the link Peter. Osprey it is then!
Feb 23 2009 20:01 GMT SIGMUND
lovely catch!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 24 2009 03:20 GMT Studio88
Larry, I agree with Cooler, Shot the Osprey with a Gun instead of a Camera ;-))
Save The Ducks !!!
Feb 24 2009 03:48 GMT larrybenedict
The ducks are OK Howard. The Osprey isn't big enough to carry one off. They have survived long enough now that the only threat will be from dogs or fox.
Feb 24 2009 03:49 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Susana
Feb 24 2009 14:58 GMT Alhadi
beautiful shot !
Feb 24 2009 16:19 GMT jenylew
She's a beauty! She may be fishing in your pond, but not for duckies!
Feb 24 2009 17:49 GMT biggles
Mag Star is right I think it would be VERY rare for an Osprey to eat anything other than fish- their feet are specially designed to carry the fish in flight once caught.

I suppose there would be an outside chance of a very hungry or injured bird going for an "easy" target...
Feb 24 2009 17:54 GMT senna3
I can only say, this is an excellent photo!
Feb 24 2009 19:36 GMT ETS2
Beautiful bird and great photo. Your hands must have been steady as a rock :))
Feb 24 2009 20:55 GMT sini
Great capture!:)
Feb 24 2009 21:55 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
Great picture - it does look like an Osprey indeed!
Feb 25 2009 03:43 GMT 5DMKII
nica catch !! ospery = fish...
;)
Feb 25 2009 06:47 GMT Kaska
If they are fish eaters your ducks should be safe...
nice catch!
Feb 25 2009 16:43 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks DMK
Feb 25 2009 16:46 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks Mirka. Yes, I think the ducks are safe now. I do have fish in the pond, but I haven't seen this bird since I shot this photo.
Feb 26 2009 08:18 GMT caferr
nice work my friend...
Feb 27 2009 13:59 GMT Poulet PRO
Great capture, Larry!!!
Feb 28 2009 02:25 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks 'caferr'
Feb 28 2009 02:25 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Poulet
Mar 01 2009 05:22 GMT hbla PRO
he didn't get them did he?
:( I don't want to know....
Mar 01 2009 05:31 GMT larrybenedict
Nope, he didn't Heather. I haven't seen him since.
Mar 01 2009 06:14 GMT hbla PRO
whew, thanks! in that case I do want to know. hugs.
Mar 04 2009 04:53 GMT Londi PRO
Wow Larry!! Really beautiful bird! I laughed about the peach pit comment... my father in law used to say that-had a funny saying for about everything.

I think you took a right fine photo!!!
Mar 04 2009 21:39 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks Londi. My Dad used metaphors all the time....most of them made me laugh.
Mar 05 2009 09:16 GMT Minz PRO
Great capture !
Mar 24 2009 14:11 GMT bluefam
strong.
Mar 27 2009 08:18 GMT LizSA
it is a lovely photo....... very clear ...!!
Mar 31 2009 23:08 GMT aquiles PRO
EXTRAORDINARY SHOT !!!!!!!!
Mar 31 2009 23:36 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Aquiles.
Mar 31 2009 23:37 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Liz. Just a lucky one for me, in that it's not too fuzzy!

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