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Osprey looking for prey

My last bird flying shot until I take another one!  This one was flying over the Columbia river , in the Gorge looking for its next meal (fish).

Per the Wiki (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey )

The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), also known colloquially as seahawk, fish 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 1.8 metre (6 ft) wingspan. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly whitish on the head and underparts, with a brownish 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 names suggest, the Osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It has evolved specialised physical characteristics and exhibits some unique behaviours to assist in hunting and catching prey.

 

Osprey looking for prey

My last bird flying shot until I take another one!  This one was flying over the Columbia river , in the Gorge looking for its next meal (fish).

Per the Wiki (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey )

The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), also known colloquially as seahawk, fish 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 1.8 metre (6 ft) wingspan. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly whitish on the head and underparts, with a brownish 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 names suggest, the Osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It has evolved specialised physical characteristics and exhibits some unique behaviours to assist in hunting and catching prey.

 

comments (17)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 17 Jul 2008, 00:54
Hard work I just go to the shop lol
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 17 Jul 2008, 00:57
WOW! I love how you've processed this. It looks as if it's from another time and place. Very ethereal. Nice@
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 17 Jul 2008, 02:47
Nice shot Kay. Birds are hard to catch in flight.
  • FLOOG
  • Enjoying lifes avenues and alleyways
  • 17 Jul 2008, 05:50
Just look at that wingspan. I adore birds of prey, and am still in awe (as an Englisman), walking around in Canada with Eagles flyng all around me.

This is a magical photograph, capturing the Osprey's concentration in flight.
Birds of prey are just fantastic, aren`t they? You did well to catch this one. (:o)
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 17 Jul 2008, 07:31
What a magnificent creature. He is beautiful.
I like the way you have done this Kay. It has a lovely softness
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Jul 2008, 09:12
Wonderful capture of a magnificent bird, Kay. I like the presentation too.
Ingrid
Kay, I LOVE how you've presented this.
  • Martie
  • United States
  • 17 Jul 2008, 13:17
Beautiful! You did really well to capture this wonderful creature so clearly!
  • Ada
  • new york
  • 17 Jul 2008, 13:51
absolutely lovely...you know if it found any?
  • Ginnie
  • back in Amsterdam
  • 17 Jul 2008, 14:27
You are really enjoying this, Kay, aren't you! I love it.
Superb shot Kay. I like the softness of the image!
Wow ! Another great picture Kay ! Excellent ! What lens did you use for this one ?
Kay, I imagine it must be very difficult to capture the flight hawk, but you has been great! Furthermore, it appears that it has located its prey ....
Good catch Kay.
Osprey looking for prey? It's in the name, just after Os!

A fine shot here Kay. I'm guessing this was cropped from a larger picture. If not, you've done extremely well to get so close. Even so, it's a classic flight shot of a magnificent bird.
Kay: Hi Colin, yes it was cropped. I took the picture with my old Sigma lens. 300 mm. i was lucky the shot turned out. I've since gave the lens and my old DSLR to my brother who's just getting started taking pictures. Thanks!

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