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Taken in an estuary in Byron Bay, Australia.
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

2nd Prize – myregion National Photographic Competition July 2011

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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

  • Many thanks Hugh … hope you have a wonderful xmas and NY!

    – byronbackyard

  • paulbeattie
    paulbeattieabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture

  • Many thanks Paul!

    – byronbackyard

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot Deb.

  • Thanks Phillip, she’s gorgeous girl!

    – byronbackyard

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaabout 4 years ago

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...about 4 years ago

    Wow how perfect! You have captured this brilliantly!!! Amazing details and the sky is perfect!!!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchabout 4 years ago

    This is just brilliant

  • Thanks so much Russell!

    – byronbackyard

  • Callum Brown
    Callum Brownabout 4 years ago

    Nice work… Well done

  • Thanks so much Callum!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyabout 4 years ago

    OMG! For sure a favorite! An awesome capture and image!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

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