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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.

Looks like lunch down there

Looks like lunch down there

Get ready to plunge - wait for it...

Get ready to plunge – wait for it…

Just adjust the position a little

Just adjust the position a little

OK, I'm going in

OK, I’m going in

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.

Made it, did you see that one talon grab!

Made it, did you see that one talon grab!

Glad I have that special hook, this one is not getting away!

Glad I have that special hook, this one is not getting away!

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.

Well they may be good at hovering, but we have the big bill.

Well they may be good at hovering, but we have the big bill (White Pelican).

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