Osprey poised for splashdown

Osprey poised for splashdown
An osprey prepares to dive into the water after a fish. (© Tony’s Takes)

A month or so ago I shared an image of an osprey making one of their infamous dives into the water for fish. This is the next image in the series and is equally as compelling.

Here you get the full effect of how the osprey folds its wings back just before entering the water, maximizing its speed as it prepares to strike a poor, unsuspecting fish from above.

You will notice the talons are milliseconds away from entry and that the bird has closed its nictitating membrane – its inner eyelid – in preparation of hitting the water. An incredible predator showcasing its amazing ability. 

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