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Old 09-07-2009, 12:43 PM   #1
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Mr. Stiles, I would like to say you take some amazing pictures. But the new picture on home page just bit me, and made me take a deep breath. I don't know what the birds are, but what a beautiful picture man!
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Old 09-07-2009, 01:01 PM   #2
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Mr. Stiles, I would like to say you take some amazing pictures. But the new picture on home page just bit me, and made me take a deep breath. I don't know what the birds are, but what a beautiful picture man!
The birds are Ospreys - one of the largest birds of prey in North America. The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) eats almost exclusively fish. It is one of the most widespread birds in the world, found on all continents except Antarctica. The Osprey breeds by freshwater lakes, and sometimes on coastal brackish waters. The nest is a large heap of sticks, driftwood and seaweed built in forks of trees, rocky outcrops, utility poles, artificial platforms or offshore islets.

In the spring a pair of Osprey will begin a five-month period of partnership to raise their young. The female lays two to four eggs within a month, and relies on the size of the nest to conserve heat. The eggs are whitish with bold splotches of reddish-brown and are about 6.2 x 4.5 centimeters (2.4 x 1.8 in) and weigh about 65 grams (2.4 oz). The eggs are incubated for about 5 weeks to hatching. Osprey eggs do not hatch all at once, but instead the first chick hatches out up to five days before the last one. The older chick dominates its younger siblings, and can monopolize the food brought by the parents. If food is abundant, little aggression is seen amongst the chicks.

On the homepage image the top bird is a juvenile, while the lower one is the adult. They way to tell an adult from a juvenile is in the eyes. A young osprey has orange colored eyes that change to a golden yellow when they become an adult.

Here are a few more Ospreys - the first three are from when I took the image now seen on the homepage, the last two are a nest with very young Osprey from another nest in the Tetons.
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Old 09-07-2009, 01:19 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. Again such beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing and what an asset to Wildlife Gardeners.
What's the average wingspan of an osprey?
My brother-in-law lives west of Omaha, Ne. a ways, and he sees one there. He's a biologist, so I'm going to take his word for it. They also watch the eagles at their home, on sandpit lake by the Platte River.
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Old 09-07-2009, 01:38 PM   #4
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I would like to say too how much I enjoy your photographs, Dave.

But I bet you enjoy being out there and taking them even more.
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:03 PM   #5
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I cannot see the osprey on the homepage.

I can still see the hummingbird on the homepage, though!
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:06 PM   #6
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I cannot see the osprey on the homepage.
You can't see the osprey? Have you been bad and they won't let you look at the newest photos?
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I think that I have been bad--I have not cleaned my cache in a while (head hanging in shame).
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:16 PM   #8
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Hedgerowe, you go to your room right now and clean your cache so you can see the beautiful osprey photo!
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:25 PM   #9
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Surely it'll pop up for you you couldn't have been that bad.
I'm jealous of their accomplishments, as there are many talented photographers @ WGs. At least I get to see them here!

Too ALL the photographers here THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!
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I would like to thank everyone for all the photos.

The photos are one of the main reasons why I keep coming back.
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