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Osprey with a History 2
IDidiot

Osprey with a History 2 (Pandion haliaetus)

I've known Bandit for four years now. It is used to my whistles and voice. I used to live/kayak a few miles north - hadn't seen her for two years. She flew over yesterday, I called, she landed and preened and preened. It was magical. I know her by the two dots in the iris of her left eye. BTW - BirdForum uses her for the Osprey ID on Opus (3rd photo down). https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Osprey
Habitat
Closely tied to water
Location
Central Gulf Coast, FL
Date taken
July 28, 2023
Scientific name
Pandion haliaetus
Equipment used
Canon 70D / Canon EF 100-300 at 260mm
Shutter speed, aperture & ISO
1/4000, f5, 400
Supporter
Those two dots are quite distinctive. Fantastic close-up and thanks for the story. Superb ID!
 
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Opus Editor
Supporter
A fantastic close-up you have here, IDidiot, and well done spotting those two marks in her eye.

It's always great when you can identify and follow an individual bird, isn't it.
 
A fantastic close-up you have here, IDidiot, and well done spotting those two marks in her eye.

It's always great when you can identify and follow an individual bird, isn't it.
Yes! I saw her today enjoying a fish. She's been hanging out on the highest corner of the condo next door. I watch her with my binoculars. She looks left to the lagoon, the forward to the Gulf, then around her back to see that she's protected. Preens. Then the process starts again. There are three osprey that hang out here, but, of course, Bandit is my favorite. My goal is to get her flying below me as I'm on the balcony.
 

Media information

Category
North America
Added by
IDidiot
Date added
View count
163
Comment count
5

Image metadata

Device
Canon Canon EOS 70D
Aperture
ƒ/5.6
Focal length
260.0 mm
Exposure time
1/4000 second(s)
ISO
400
Flash
Off, did not fire
Filename
Bandit6.jpg
File size
482.5 KB
Date taken
Fri, 28 July 2023 7:41 AM
Dimensions
1144px x 674px

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