Posts Tagged ‘Mount Vernon Trail’

Osprey calling its mate

March 7, 2013

The following slideshow features a female Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) calling its mate. The nesting pair of Osprey was spotted near Riverside Park in Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Females usually show dark necklace across white breast. Source Credit: Osprey, “All About Birds,” Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Related Resource:Osprey calling its mate (amplified)” – an audio recording of the same bird shown in the preceding photos.

This post includes a link to an audio recording of bird calls by the same Osprey shown in the photos! You may be wondering, “How did you do that?” I used the free “Voice Memos” app on my Apple iPhone to record the bird call in situ. Next I used “Audacity,” a free audio editor, to amplify the recording on my Apple iMac. Finally, I uploaded the amplified version to “Audioboo.” Audioboo is a free tool for audioblogging. (Did I just coin a new term?) Try it yourself — it’s easy!

Editor’s Note: Audioboo provides three options that may be used to embed a player in blog posts: Standard (HTML5); WordPress.com (Flash); and “If all else fails.” For this blog, the Flash version (shown below) is the only option that displays properly on an Apple iMac computer; none of the options displays properly on an Apple iOS mobile device such as iPad.

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Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

Eastern Screech-Owl

April 8, 2012

An Eastern Screech-Owl (Otus asio) nesting in a tree cavity located along the Mount Vernon Trail, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

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“These supremely camouflaged birds hide out in nooks and tree crannies through the day, so train your ears and listen for them at night.” Source Credit: “All About Birds,” Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

Osprey (male, feeding and bringing food to nest)

April 2, 2012

A male Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) bringing food to its nest. The female Osprey was in the nest (out of sight) at the time of the following photo. The Osprey nest is located near Riverside Park, along the Mount Vernon Trail, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

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Notice the headless fish shown in all three photos. An experienced birder told me Osprey always eat fish from head to tail. In this case, the male Osprey ate the fish head while perched on a nearby tree before bringing the rest of the fish to the nest.

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Related Resource: Audioboo of the female Osprey calling its mate, recorded shortly before the photos were taken.

Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

Osprey (nesting pair)

March 27, 2012

The following photo shows a nesting pair of Osprey (Pandion haliaetus): The male is shown on the upper left side of the photo; the female on the lower right.

Females usually show dark necklace across white breast. Source Credit: Osprey, “All About Birds,” Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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The Osprey nest is located near Riverside Park, along the Mount Vernon Trail, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

Osprey takes flight

March 25, 2012

An Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) takes flight from its perch overlooking the Potomac River.

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This bird is one member of a pair of Osprey nesting near Riverside Park, along the Mount Vernon Trail, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

Red-tailed Hawk redux

February 19, 2012

Two galleries featuring a few more photos of a Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) spotted during a photowalk along the Mount Vernon Trail, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Gallery 1

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The preceding gallery shows the hawk stalking a small rodent hidden in the ground cover below the bird’s perch. The hawk looked at me (see Photo 2 of 2) moments before it pounced on its prey. The hawk spread its wings, dropped to the ground, and grabbed the rodent with either its talons or beak. The attack was sudden and nearly silent. I shot some photos of the strike; regrettably all of them are poor quality.

Gallery 2

The hawk flew to a nearby tree with the rodent in its beak. The bird used its talons to pin the rodent to a tree branch and used its beak to eviscerate the animal. I used “burst mode” to shoot photos of the hawk eating the rodent, some of which are quite graphic. Relax, the photos in the following gallery are “G-rated.” The title of Photo 1 of 2 is, “Finger Lickin’ Good!” Yep, that’s blood on the hawk’s beak. ‘Nuff said about that photo. The fierce look on the hawk’s face in Photo 2 of 2 is frightening! Can you say, “Velociraptor?”

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Tech Tips: The photos in both galleries were shot using my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150. All of the photos were cropped and adjusted using Apple “Aperture,” a professional-grade tool for organizing and adjusting photos.

Copyright © 2012 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com


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