May 28, 2013

Dinner For One

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At Lovers Key State Park, near Ft. Myers Beach, a hiking trail runs parallel to Estero Bay. I was walking along that trail over the weekend when the SDP Junior Editor simultaneously gasped, pointed and motioned for me to look up. An osprey was atop a tree devouring dinner!  Serendipitously, the trail forked at that spot.  Quietly, I was able to maneuver around the corner (with the osprey pausing to keep an eye on me) in order to get an incredible close up view of him enjoying his dinner.  Based on his methodical pecking (with the occasional ripping), and the size of the fish, that meal probably went late into the evening.  What a catch!

15 comments:

Babzy said...

Great capture ! :)

We are: clamco said...

Funny how big birds of prey like to sit in dead trees. Judging by the blue sky, it looks like it was a beautiful day.

John said...

Beautiful birds; well caught.

Andy said...

Excellent photo! I'm glad you have the experience of sneaking up on him. :))

Jim Klenke said...

i know some 2 legged fishermen who wouldnt mind a catch that big. Nice shot.

Kate said...

What a catch for YOU! It's a super photo; well-done. He certainly kept an eye on you!

LOLfromPasa said...

Terrific image. I wouldn't want to mess around with those claws :).

Clueless in Boston said...

Your photos are quite similar to John's photos on the Masai.

Roger Real said...

Dinner in talons. Check. Blue sky. Check. Great capture. Check!

Kay said...

Sashimi! This is a spectacular view! I love your new lens - do you?

LONDONLULU said...

Amazing detail! Nature in all it's beauty and brutality.

Virginia said...

A catch in more ways than one. Well welcome to the food chain! :)
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Jack said...

Bravo, SRQ. Another of your excellent bird captures.

Michelle said...

Wow!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'll say what a catch SRQ..on your part! Incredible shot.