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Yesterday a young osprey that has been flying for about 3 weeks flew into a flock of about 200 starlings at the Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area. It was tough to grab focus when it was in the middle of the flock all that motion confused both me and my camera which was in 51 point tracking mode. Once I managed to keep the center point on the osprey which was maneuvering rapidly to avoid a collision focus tracking locked on. I’m showing the most interesting images and the ones that tell the story from the 90 images in the set. We now join the action already in progress:

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082314DSC_1634 by Morris0, on Flickr

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082314DSC_1635 by Morris0, on Flickr

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082314DSC_1636 by Morris0, on Flickr

-4

082314DSC_1637 by Morris0, on Flickr

-5 in this image you can see the density of the starlings

082314DSC_1646 by Morris0, on Flickr

-6 emergency landing

082314DSC_1649 by Morris0, on Flickr

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082314DSC_1651 by Morris0, on Flickr

-8 the flock followed the osprey down and whizzed past it before going back up high

082314DSC_1656 by Morris0, on Flickr

-9 the osprey looks at the flock in amazement before taking off

082314DSC_1679 by Morris0, on Flickr

-10

082314DSC_1690 by Morris0, on Flickr

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082314DSC_1696 by Morris0, on Flickr

-12 it put down in a nearby pond and even then a swallow passes just over it

082314DSC_1701 by Morris0, on Flickr

This incident reminded me of “The miracle on the Hudson” though no starlings where ingested into the osprey’s engine during the encounter.

Comments and suggestions welcome,

Morris



Aug 24, 2014 at 01:31 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Air emergency


Very nice set/series Morris....very cool behavioral images

Ted



Aug 24, 2014 at 01:34 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Air emergency


Cool set, Morris.

Ed



Aug 24, 2014 at 01:38 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Air emergency


Neat set Morris. Always fun to see behavioural sets.


Aug 24, 2014 at 03:04 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Air emergency


Nice series Morris, now we know why they chase down commercial airliners, with a little different results.

Gerard



Aug 24, 2014 at 05:15 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Air emergency


What, no air traffic controller?

Mike



Aug 24, 2014 at 08:48 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Air emergency


# 9 is the icing on the cake!


Aug 24, 2014 at 10:07 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Air emergency


Fun set Morris, this Osprey was outnumbered for sure
#9 is great!

Tom



Aug 24, 2014 at 11:26 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Air emergency


Wonderful captures Morris. 8 and 9 are my picks.

Birdie



Aug 24, 2014 at 11:35 PM
 

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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Air emergency


Both well done and fun Morris ~ Ron


Aug 25, 2014 at 02:24 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Air emergency


"Calling air traffic control - help me out!"
What a scene! Must have been fun to shoot. I like 8, 10, and 12 best.

Jim



Aug 25, 2014 at 03:42 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Air emergency


nice set. Those talons in #6 sure do look painful


Aug 25, 2014 at 03:48 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Air emergency


this guy was in the minority for sure Morris. Great job being in the right place at the right time. Nice !!


Aug 25, 2014 at 07:28 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Air emergency


Super shots Morris, well done with the tracking
David



Aug 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Air emergency


Very nice capture, Morris.

- Tam



Aug 25, 2014 at 03:59 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Air emergency


I like #8 the best. Good set, morris.



Aug 25, 2014 at 07:11 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Air emergency


Terrific sequence Morris and impressive tracking skills too.

Kirk



Aug 25, 2014 at 11:57 PM





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