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By PattiW  
OSPREY WITH CATCH . . . I spent yesterday at J DING DARLING WILDLIFE REFUGE on Sanibel Island, Florida. What a beautiful place! I would highly recommend it to any photographers visiting the Ft Myers, Florida area or anyone who just wants to see some spectacular wading birds and wildlife.

My sister-in-law and fellow photographer Deena Westberry and I opted to drive the 5 mile route through the preserve. She happens to have a hybrid vehicle which is so quiet when running on battery power the birds were not in the least disturbed as they didn't hear us at all. There is the option of biking or walking the path if one chooses. There are numerous areas to pull off to the side, park and walk if one chooses as we did many times.

I am sure I will be uploading these images for some time as I captured many more than I care to count this morning!

This Osprey dived down, caught the fish it is carrying and flew right toward me. I mean RIGHT AT ME! I thought at one point I would have to duck, caught me totally off guard. We were on the third deck of an observation tower at the time. At the last minute it shot up to the roof where it landed and ate its lunch. I am thrilled I got the 5 or 6 images I did as I was totally taken aback. Everyone around me was shouting "Did you get the shot? Did you get it"!

Osprey are numerous at the preserve as they are most places in Florida, but this was an event of a lifetime for me!

Thanks for looking and God bless,

Tags: Osprey Wildlife and nature

Voters: debu, digital_boi, ali63 and 40 more

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debu 11 India
12 Feb 2014 11:35AM
12 Feb 2014 11:38AM
excellent BIF capture good job you stood your ground

ali63 9 790 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 11:41AM
A wonderful experience for you Patti, great shot,

ColleenA Plus
8 471 7 Australia
12 Feb 2014 11:46AM
Oh wow, what an experience, well done it's fantastic.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
12 Feb 2014 11:53AM
What a super capture, Patti, and it sounds as though you had a marvellous day. Carol
12 Feb 2014 12:19PM
Well captured.
saeidNL 11 3 Netherlands
12 Feb 2014 12:20PM
Excellent and fantastic capture,
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 1:06PM
Superb capture with excellent eye detail Patti.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
MalcolmM Plus
15 1.6k 5 Scotland
12 Feb 2014 3:20PM
Well done to catch this. Look forward to more from your visit.
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
12 Feb 2014 4:25PM
Breath taking capture Patti. Superb panning and timing.
I look forward to seeing the other images.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
dawnmichelle 13 12 United States
12 Feb 2014 5:41PM
Excellent capture..look forward to seeing the rest of the shots.
EileenH 7 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 6:02PM
Great captureSmile

NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 6:51PM
A stunning inflight capture, beautifully timed and so very well captured with great colour and detail throughout Patti

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
12 Feb 2014 11:25PM
Super inflight capture !!
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
13 Feb 2014 6:21PM
Wow, Patti. What a GREAT shot.
PS We have osprey near us and I've learned that when they fly with their catch, they never carry the fish sideways. Looks like yours is flying with the fish tail-first. They know enough to streamline their flight. I find them to be quite fascinating birds.
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
25 Feb 2014 9:39PM
A brilliant inflight shot Patti, one of your very best I'd say
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2014 2:50PM
an experience i'd love being an into ornithology as well as photography superb shot

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