We were walking along the beach this morning (well the morning I took the following photos, not the morning I am writing this); I had brought the big gun along (the DSLR with the 300mm zoom lens, not the toy). It was already 10am so I didn’t really expect to see much.
For a while I was composing a post in my head – about posting every photograph I took that morning – because I wasn’t getting any to take. We saw a Belted Kingfisher, but it was flying away across the lake – too far. We saw two Osprey, possibly an adult and juvenile learning to hunt – but they flew off over the dunes. We saw a number of other interesting birds all just out of range or leaving. I had resigned myself to just enjoying a walk on the beach, a quiet time sitting on our plank chairs and maybe reading while we sipped on coffee from the flask.
We were sitting quietly, alone on the two miles of beach, but I couldn’t concentrate on the book – just too much to look at distracting me. The colours of the lake and sky, the patterns in the fine sand, the annoying black fly who wanted a piece of me.
I happened to look up and immediately over head and just in front of us was an Osprey – hovering, looking, waiting for its chance to plunge down and grab lunch.
I grabbed the camera, set it to automatic with a fast action setting and starting shooting.
Then down it came and with a great splash made a grab for a decent sized fish. I kept shooting away as it climbed and flew off towards the nest.
When I got back and was able to move the images to the computer I was able to see that the Osprey had actually caught the fish in one talon. It’s not a terribly clear image, but thought it interesting enough to include in this post.
What amazing hover craft these Osprey have.