Mervyn Hurwitz  

Osprey and Chick by Mervyn Hurwitz

April 2021 - Osprey and Chick

About the Image(s)

This was taken from a boat in the 1000 Islands near Marco Island, South West Florida.
Sony A7 III 240mm ISO 400. f6.3, 1/4000 secs
Just missed the Mom returning to the nest!

6 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Hi Mervyn, wow, you were close just 240mm and in a boat! Well done! Tack sharp eye. I love we can see all the unusual nest materials very clearly. I think this is the mom, she has the definite eye stripe and "necklace of spots" on her chest. The females are 20% bigger than males, very rare in the animal world. Lots better birders than me in this group, so they may be able to help determine the sex.

I'd be tempted to give the baby a bit more tail room and that allows the parent more room to look into with that piercing gaze. It's great that they are looking towards each other, if not quite at each other.

Another thought: the baby's eye is a bit muddy, perhaps you can add a bit of contrast there.

Since the sky is plain, you could swap it out. Or, if you are competing in nature, just crop down a bit.

Fab capture! Can't wait until I get a chance to add something like this to my tiny birding collection! Hope we can get together in the fall when we return and Covid has left!
  Posted: 04/03/2021 10:54:13

Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
Great to see the highlight in the eye Mervyn, and to see the bird with its chick. I love the clear blue sky it lets the birds stand out clearly. Good lighting taken from an appropriate angle. I may have cropped a little of the bottom but not too much, I would want to make the nest clear.   Posted: 04/04/2021 00:49:35

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Good capture, Mervyn. The diagonal from the female to the chick creates a nice line. You were fortunate to be so close. I do feel that the feathers on the adult are somewhat blocked. It might be helpful to open the shadows. The stick that leads across the wing of the adult could be easily removed.   Posted: 04/09/2021 15:24:04

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Thank you for your comments. I have removed the distracting branches, lightened the black feathers and cropped much closer.
What do you think of his version?   Posted: 04/10/2021 10:50:50
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Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
I think you improved an already good image.   Posted: 04/10/2021 15:59:20

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
I think you improved an already good image.   Posted: 04/10/2021 15:59:21


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