Tuesday, April 26, 2011

One Incredible Osprey

An Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the sea hawk or fish eagle, spent a good portion of time with a large fish it had struck about 50 yards out from the shoreline. It first just sat on top of the water keeping its wings partially extended aiding in keeping itself afloat. With tremendous effort it finally was able to get enough elevation to get its quarry within a couple yards of the shoreline. Finally all labor paid off and fine dining followed.

Then... Out from nowhere came a second osprey. Wanting I'm sure what the other had worked so hard to have. Our hero spread his wings and covered his catch with its tail. The invader was not going to attempt any thievery. He was discouraged quite quickly and left the area.

All is well in Osprey Land. A full belly and enough for tomorrow. Now all that needs to be done is to get this buffet back home.


Steve Ferendo said...

Wow! I would say those are pictures of a lifetime for that species. Great job.

Julie G. said...

Oh my goodness! Spectacular action image sequence! You captured Osprey behavior beautifully. Each and every photograph is outstanding. A joy visiting you wonderful blog!