I have just returned from one of the best Wildlife photography weekends I have ever had. The main focus of the weekend was my number one favourite....Ospreys. And by using different hides I was hoping to photograph diving Ospreys from different angles. Well it couldn't have worked out any better, the small lochan in Aviemore is the place for Ospreys, and over the course of two early morning sessions I must have had at least 15 dives.
The photo I have had in my head for ages is an Osprey coming straight at the camera after surfacing with a fish...well I think I almost achieved my wish.
This series of images starts with the bird surfacing from his dive, gripping the fish before struggling to get up and away from the water, then flying across the loch straight at me, passing down my left.
I had watched this bird circle twice, diving twice and pulling out at the last second, the third time he was getting hassled by a more dominant older bird, but he fixed on his target, dived from at least 100 ft up, then the work started to lock on and try and stay with him as he left the water flying towards me.
A stunning beautiful bird, a real thrill to watch it happen, and even more relieved to catch it on camera.... see what you think.
There will be a few more posts yet...including an experience that ranks in my Top 3 wildlife encounters !!!