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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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  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much Hugh … I was wondering what had happened to you!

    – byronbackyard

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 4 years ago

    I’ve been in Oz for 3 weeks and don’t have the same access to the net as I do when I’m in Thailand . . . Missed a lot of uploads during that time and I know that I am unlikely to catch up . . . :-D

  • Yep that would take forever, there are so many posts all the time. Hope you enjoyed Oz!

    – byronbackyard

  • Spadecaller
    Spadecallerabout 4 years ago

    beautiful capture. Love the colors.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • zippetydoo
    zippetydooabout 4 years ago

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful!!

  • Many thanks Marvin!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • KatsEyePhoto
    KatsEyePhotoabout 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful light and capture!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ann J. Sagel
    Ann J. Sagelabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful light on this one.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeabout 4 years ago

    BRAVO!; Greeting from Bangkok. Your artwork is so stunning & creative:)
    Be happy, be smile the world will smile with you:)
    Kornrawiee-Sunny

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyabout 4 years ago

    Wow so gorgeous against that awesome sky! Great take!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

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