SUCCESSFUL by Sandy Stewart

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Ospreys also known as Fish Hawks and Fish Eagles are one of the most widespread birds of prey, found on every continent except Antarctica. They are typically found near both salt and freshwater inhabiting a variety of landscapes. Ospreys feed almost exclusively on fish and as a result are supreme fishers. They plunge feet first to pluck live fish from the water’s surface, often submerging themselves completely in the process. This skillful manoeuvre is aided by a few key adaptations including oily plumage, big feet and a reversible toe which allows them to carry sizeable fish whilst in flight.


Taken on Aug 8/11 at 4:01pm on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera, Canon 7D
Lens, Canon EF 100-400 L IS USM lens.
Taken at, 1/2000’s at f/7.1, – 2/3 EV, 400 mm, manual wht bal, iso 800.
Cropped slightly on left and bottom.In Photoshop CS2 did a shadow/highlight adjustment, col bal and sharpening via lab mode, lightness channel, unsharp mask ( amount 35-radius 5, threshold 3).


birds, osprey, wildlife, ocean, nature, water, bird, prey bird


  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Nice work Sandy

  • Thank you so much Larry! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • KatsEyePhoto
    KatsEyePhotoalmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture of a moment! Love those water drops spraying out behind the bird.

  • Thank you so much KatsEyePhoto! It’s fun to watch them lift up with the fish and than once up higher in the sky they will shake excess water off the surface of their feathers while in flight. : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • deb cole
    deb colealmost 3 years ago

    Awesome capture, Sandy! I know how hard these guys are to capture! Great work!! :o)

  • Yes, it’s just luck as to whether the Osprey catches a fish at the right spot and also dependent on how quick one is at focusing on them. Many kind thanks for your kind words Deb! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • LindaR
    LindaRalmost 3 years ago

    totally brill ~ xx

  • Awe,…thank you Linda! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Sheri Bawtinheimer
    Sheri Bawtinhe...almost 3 years ago

    Thank you for submitting your work to Beautiful BC

  • Thank you so much for accepting it! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 3 years ago

    superb photography! wonderful work my friend – we have them round here too… nests guarded by cctv and osprey watch.. such amazing birds, they fish in the loch i sail in..


  • Happy to hear you have them there as well! In the past years, I hardly saw one and than this year, I’ve been so lucky to see quite a few. I think they are making a come back which is a great sign!
    Many kind thanks for your kind words Maggie! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 3 years ago

    What a fabulous image, dear Sandy!

  • Awe,….thank you so kindly Bela! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesalmost 3 years ago

    Stunning timing and capture Sandy, best wishes, Mark.

  • Thank you so much Mark! I was at the same beach again yesterday, but only got to see one for a very short time, before it left. Thankfully there were other shorebirds to keep my friend and I occupied for a few hours! lol : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • rosie320d
    rosie320dalmost 3 years ago

    Fabulous photo – I saw an osprey holding a fish flying over the road we were travelling on in the Scottish Borders – everyone slowed to watch it and it was struggling to keep height – must have been a heavy fish – well done :-)

  • They are so cool to watch and it sounds like the Osprey you saw lucked out on a nice big fish! Many kind thanks Rosie! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Robert Miesner
    Robert Miesneralmost 3 years ago

    This is one stunning capture Sandy! Your timing was amazing here and I can even pick out that the fish he is carrying is a largemouth bass. Love the water spraying all over here and those magnificient outstretched wings. OUTSTANDING work!!! By you and the Osprey. ;)

  • Thank you so much Robert! I don’t believe Largemouth Bass live in salt water? I believe the fish is a little Rock Cod, but I could be wrong too! lol : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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