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The Osprey feeds mainly on medium-sized live fish, which it does not swallow whole, but rips apart to eat. The Osprey patrols the coast, searching for prey. It folds its wings, then drops headlong, with its feet forward to snatch a fish with its talons. It may go right under the water or snatch a fish from the surface, before lifting off again, with strong wing strokes.
The Osprey has oily plumage, so that when it dives or plunges under the water for fish, its feathers become less wet and it can take off again. It does not need to spread its wings to dry, unlike cormorants.
Canon 450D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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australian, bird of prey, byron bay, estuary, fishing hawk, osprey, pandion haliaetus, predator, raptor, talons

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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Comments

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 4 years ago

    You take some absolutely amazing shots . . .
    Lovely!! . . .

  • Many thanks, I’m obsessed and I’ve spent years practicing, getting the Osprey used to me and working out what I’m trying to do!

    – byronbackyard

  • ronholiday
    ronholidayabout 4 years ago

    This is glorious! & I believe there are two more there on the left..

  • Indeed there are, thanks Ron!

    – byronbackyard

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanabout 4 years ago

    weeeee soar like an eagle! Another flying masterpiece !! (I’m practising every day!)

  • Thanks Jenny … well done, just keep practicing!

    – byronbackyard

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterabout 4 years ago

    Amazing shot!

  • Thanks EagleHunter, yep I’’m a bit happy with this one!

    – byronbackyard

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindabout 4 years ago

  • Kratos
    Kratosabout 4 years ago

    You are an amazing photographer, truly amazing. Congratulations on your feature.

  • Thank you so much for your very kind words!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    June 27, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making. I’m so glad you pick all the ones that are my favorites!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Such an amazing capture! Congratulations!

  • Many thanks Rose!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    You’re so very welcome Byron

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful!
    Congrats on your features.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

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