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Gone fishin' Osprey style

By PaulLiley  
First of all great apologies (to all you bird photographers whose many wonderful shots I admire-) for this heavily cropped version of the original. Although taken with my Sigma 150-500 it still needed blowing up. But it was such a special moment for me as I saw this osprey take a fish from the water. When this osprey caught the fish it turned it round in mid air so the head of the fish was pointing forward to make it more streamlined to fly with. Amazing. A privilege to watch. Taken at the RSPB reserve Leighton Moss. It is incredulous that 4 of these magnificent birds of prey plus a buzzard were poisoned a few days ago in Devon where there are only 20 breeding pairs anyway. Those responsible wanting to protect thousands of their 'precious' pheasant chicks so people can pay the estate money to shoot them out of the sky! Pheasants are not even indigenous to this country! Life is strange and baffling at times. I guess I just uploaded this poor image to make this point about persecution of our endangered birds of prey.
Thanks for looking.

Tags: Bird of prey Rspb Osprey Wildlife and nature

Voters: achieverswales, gingerdelight, mikejmb and 24 more


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achieverswales 10 8 101 Wales
20 Sep 2011 2:58PM
Hi Paul
Poor quality or not, you are one up on me! Never been lucky enough to get one, must agree about the mindless imbeciles who kill these beautiful birds so some rich gits can then kill more birds is behond belief.

Regards

Trev.
gingerdelight 14 298 11 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2011 3:32PM
Never mind the quality........feel the passion! What a super capture, one that many of us on here would be proud to have in their collection. And what a large fish! Nature is just so amazing - thanks for sharing this wonderful moment with us, and let's hope these wonderful birds live a long and happy life.
Carol
PaulLiley 11 2 13 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2011 9:38PM

Quote:Never mind the quality........feel the passion! What a super capture, one that many of us on here would be proud to have in their collection. And what a large fish! Nature is just so amazing - thanks for sharing this wonderful moment with us, and let's hope these wonderful birds live a long and happy life.
Carol


Thanks so much to Trev and yourself for such supportive comments. It means a lot. Paul
20 Sep 2011 10:32PM
I agree totally Paul. An amazing shot certainlly something one doesn't see every day and so clever of the Osprey to turn the fish round. Thanks for uploading it.

Ruth
21 Sep 2011 2:09AM
What a wonderful message for our wildlife, and an awesome image to go with it Paul, means a lot to me for I live with them....Kathy
Anna62 9 1 Australia
21 Sep 2011 12:32PM
its a terrific capture Paul..amazing to be able to catch the fish in its claws Smile
Shellio 9 2 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2011 12:50PM
You captured a special moment for yourself so quality is unimportant. This is the kind of thing you see on wildlife programmes.
Shell
brownbear 11 2 England
22 Sep 2011 5:42PM
I always reckon that something like this, which you will be lucky to see again, and most people will never see, should be shown. I know from a shot I caught of a buzzard, with a rabbit, some time ago, there is only about a second to snatch a picture, and the overall responce agreed this type of shot is definitely worth showing. The added bonus of being able to make the point, about birds being killed, to protect a 'sport' makes it even more worthwhile.
Many of those who take part in so called 'country sports' may be wealthy, but still have a peasant mentality, that makes them dangerous to any creature.
Geoff
Brian65 11 2 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2011 9:19PM
Wow! Paul what a sight to see, you lucky person, never mind the quality, i would be proud of it.
Brian
Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2011 9:45PM
well done on your very special experience, I would love to see this live, and have watched and waited but it has not happened for me, what a buz this must have been

Linda
cantona43 15 928 4 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2011 10:12PM
a wonderful well timed capture a shot most of us would like to get
Neil
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2011 10:15PM
Wonderful shot, and a very special moment, which most of us would love to witness let alone capture.

Hugh
xwang 11 56 8
22 Sep 2011 10:21PM
Excellent captured image.. I have never seen this before.. it's great, no matter cropped or not, the moment is crucial, great timing.
BTW, thank you very much for your kind and helpful comments on "Shadow".
jasmine.
moiral 10 12 Scotland
22 Sep 2011 11:05PM
A great many of my nature/wildlife shots are not up to the calibre of the more experienced photographers on here. The main reason that I display them is that it is such a magical moment to witness something in the wild. Not staged and as you say a great priviledge to witness. A great record of your experience Paul. Moira
22 Sep 2011 11:10PM
The passion you have is to be admired this image means alot to you and for us to look excellent
mike
Ayoob 9 Australia
23 Sep 2011 3:26AM
Great capture and very well detailed image..........Grin
User_Removed 10 48 1 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2011 9:16AM
A super capture Paul, and i agree with you on the subject of poisoning, those that do it should be sent to prison for a long time, but most of them only get a fine which is nothing compared with what they get from the gentry.
Alf.
23 Sep 2011 9:00PM
Excellent captured. Nice catch.
Regards, Oleg.
astyag 13 12
23 Sep 2011 9:10PM
I must say that I agree with many of the comments above, poor quality doesn't bother me either... what a superb opportunity
Astyag
PaulLiley 11 2 13 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2011 10:54PM

Quote:A super capture Paul, and i agree with you on the subject of poisoning, those that do it should be sent to prison for a long time, but most of them only get a fine which is nothing compared with what they get from the gentry.
Alf.


Thanks for your support Alf. Couldn't agree more. Paul
PaulLiley 11 2 13 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2011 10:56PM

Quote:A great many of my nature/wildlife shots are not up to the calibre of the more experienced photographers on here. The main reason that I display them is that it is such a magical moment to witness something in the wild. Not staged and as you say a great privilege to witness. A great record of your experience Paul. Moira

Thanks for your support Moira. Couldn't agree more. It's a very personal exercise. paul
wonkers 11 2 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2011 11:37AM
Brilliant timing. I keep going to RSPB Arne to see the Osprey but they are always either sleeping off a meal or fishing somewhere else. One day I'll get a shot as good as this. One day!!!.

Jill
PaulLiley 11 2 13 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2011 4:05PM
Thanks so much for all your comments. In means so much especially the support regarding the crime of poisoning birds sometimes by gamekeepers 'protecting' the pheasants. The birds die is such agony and all they are doing is carrying out their need of catching and eating food to survive like all wildlife in the food chain. Paul
PaulLiley 11 2 13 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2011 10:12PM
3 Oct 2011 8:15PM
Great capture, never mind the quality. Have only ever seen one myself and that was in Majorca back in June.
Paul

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