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“The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the sea hawk or fish eagle, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching 60 centimetres (24 in) in length with a 2m wingspan. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts, with a black eye patch and wings.

The Osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant.

As its other common name suggests, the Osprey’s diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It has evolved specialised physical characteristics and exhibits unique behaviour to assist in hunting and catching prey. As a result of these unique characteristics, it has been given its own taxonomic genus, Pandion and family, Pandionidae. Four subspecies are usually recognised. Despite its propensity to nest near water, the Osprey is not a sea-eagle." Wikipedia

Nikon D300
1/1000
F5.6
ISO 400
EV 0.00
Pattern Metering
No Flash
550 MM
Monopod
WB Sunny

Tags

bird of prey, birds, nature, osprey, raptor, wilderness, wildlife, wings

Comments

  • Sean McConnery
    Sean McConneryalmost 4 years ago

    This is one sweet capture Michael. Instant favourite!

  • I was shooting Night Herons and this guy flew up right above me, it was a dream come true

    – Michael Cummings

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyealmost 4 years ago

    WOW This is just so amazing. Excellent find and superb capture.

  • Thank you Kathy

    – Michael Cummings

  • Clive
    Clivealmost 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured Michael, great action shot, very clear and detailed

  • Thanks Clive

    – Michael Cummings

  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonalmost 4 years ago

    Very nice!

  • Thank you Monte

    – Michael Cummings

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Moorealmost 4 years ago

    Great Shot Michael !!! Nice one !!

  • Thank you Karen

    – Michael Cummings

  • AudGirv
    AudGirvalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic

  • Thank you very much :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • dougie1page2
    dougie1page2almost 4 years ago

    beautiful!

  • Thank Dougie :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured, Michael. Looks like it has nabbed a small bass, too!

  • Actually it was a catfish, but it was so mangled it was hard to tell, another shot in the sequence had a profile of the fish and I could identify it from that one

    – Michael Cummings

  • Daniel  Parent
    Daniel Parentalmost 4 years ago

    Nice catch so to speak !

  • Nice catch for me, not so nice for the catfish

    – Michael Cummings

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Michael!

  • Thanks Bob

    – Michael Cummings

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