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Rapt Attention

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 10 June 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

You are the prey. You are swimming dangerously close to the water's surface. You sense something in the space above the water. You don't know what it is, but you are uneasy. Still, you swim on - something on the surface has attracted you. Maybe a fat, juicy bug floating there.

The raptor hovering above is watching, ready to make the rapid descent that will lift you from the water and feed its young.

This is the life and death story of the osprey and its main source of food, fresh fish caught from the Myakka River.

NIKON D80 1/2000 second F/5.6 ISO 1000 300 mm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

I like this bird, a good shot !

10 Jun 2009 5:39am

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good shot, nice one

10 Jun 2009 5:48am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

I would not be a fish! What scope for this raptor!

10 Jun 2009 6:05am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Excellent! What a wing-span!

10 Jun 2009 11:43am

Lorraine from Canada

Such a great feeling of freedom...beautiful Glenn :)

10 Jun 2009 1:59pm

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

great capture!

10 Jun 2009 3:56pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


10 Jun 2009 4:20pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Great catch Glenn!

10 Jun 2009 5:14pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

cool shot - I love the placement of the bird in the frame. They are beautiful birds.....

10 Jun 2009 6:11pm

Tracey from Maryland, United States

What a magnificent creature!

10 Jun 2009 7:16pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great capture here with the osprey's wings outstretched. And here I was hoping that you were going to end the story by stating that he was going to swoop down on an alligator. :-)

10 Jun 2009 7:48pm

@Steven: I blinked. Heh.

observing from North West, United Kingdom

Excellent capture, a great bird on the wing shot.

10 Jun 2009 10:25pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

He has spotted you! Nice stop action of this Osprey in flight. I have seen them dive for fish. Really a remarkable sight.

11 Jun 2009 2:11am

1/2000 second
ISO 1000
300 mm