The Last Rays of the Sun by byronbackyard

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Ospreys hunt for fish on the wing (less often from a perch), flapping and gliding 10 to 40 meters above the water. When an osprey spots a fish, it hovers briefly, then dives toward the surface of the water. Just before hitting the water, the osprey swings its legs forward and bends its wings back, plunging feet-first into the water. The osprey uses strong, almost horizontal wing beats to lift itself and its prey from the water. Once airborne, the osprey rearranges the fish in its feet, carrying it with one foot in front of the other so that the fish is facing forward. This position presumably makes the fish more aerodynamic, and easier to carry. The osprey then takes the fish to a perch, often near the nest, to eat.
Ospreys catch fish on 24 to 74% of their dives. This success rate is affected by individual ability, weather and tide.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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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  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinover 4 years ago

    BRILLIANT WORK!!!! An instant fav!

  • Thanks so much for your very kind comment Denis!

    – byronbackyard

  • Neil Messenger
    Neil Messengerover 4 years ago


  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 4 years ago

    OMG this is awesome-capturing that great bird against that sky is brilliant!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment …. back to the rains again now so have to wait for the beautiful skies and the birds again!

    – byronbackyard

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersover 4 years ago

    Beautiful with the sunset in the background… nice work Byron.

  • Many thanks Phillip, high praise, I’m chuffed!

    – byronbackyard

  • SunnieGal
    SunnieGalover 4 years ago

    Wonderful byronbackyard, just wonderful.

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago

    Beautiful, great capture Byron!!

  • Many thanks Marvin … I’m very chuffed getting comments from both you and Phillip … love both of your works!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    Sterling shot!

  • Thanks so much Lee-Anne!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyover 4 years ago

    Stunning capture! And congratulations!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture! 11 August 2010

  • Many thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

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