Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) with prey

Habitat: Close to lakes and freshwater with plenty of fishes Note: I & Tushar decided to get some close shots of this raptor with prey, patiently waited for 2 ½ hours, chasing it from pillar to post, than got few good shots, we noticed its magnificent sharpness of vision, Ospreys have vision that is well adapted to detecting not only underwater objects but also can easily spot us in field even we were in well camouflage and hide ourselves under tree and bushes. During those hours we learnt respect for this large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm in length and 180 cm across the wings, brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts, with a black eye patch and wings. Osprey and owls are the only raptors whose outer toe is reversible, allowing them to grasp their prey with two toes in front and two behind, particularly helpful when they grab slippery fish (curtsy to en.wikipedia). Thanks for reading


Kuldeep Shukla

has 77 photos, 8 trips and 520 observations.

Was added on March 17, 2013, taken on March 17, 2013. Camera used Canon Eos 1000d from Canon with a shutter speed of 1/500 Sec and aperture f 7.1, at a focal length of 500 mm. This picture was viewed 277 times.

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