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


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  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago

    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 4 years ago

    OUTSTANDING capture,

  • Many thanks Ann!

    – byronbackyard

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simplealmost 4 years ago

    Another great shot Deb.

  • Many thanks Alwyn!

    – byronbackyard

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersalmost 4 years ago

    And a beautiful girl at that… lovely capture Deb.

  • Thanks Phillip, she is a gorgeous girl!

    – byronbackyard

  • Munggo
    Munggoalmost 4 years ago

    Dreamy & beautiful…perfectly framed…excellent!!!

  • Thanks so much Steve for your very kind comment, she’s a beautiful girl!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Dennis Stewart
  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations..your work has been featured in the World Wildlife Photography Group

  • Oh Wow very happy making, many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous Shot !!!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful composition. Congrats on your feature.

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Byron, congrats on the feature11

  • Many thanks Marvin!

    – byronbackyard

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