An Osprey just Floundering around

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Osprey with flounder over the GulfOsprey with flounder over the Gulf – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/750, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 116mm, natural light, Osprey caught the Flounder

Some of my images make me laugh and this Osprey image with a Flounder that weighs almost as much as the bird does make me laugh. I was photographing  pelicans in the Gulf of Mexico with my friends Adrian and Bill at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach when I spotted an Osprey coming towards us with a wiggling Flounder in its talons. The Osprey was flying surprisingly fast and I knew it was going to fly right over top of us, I just didn’t know how low and close it would be. If it had been any closer I wouldn’t have been able to focus on the hawk at all.

I zoomed back as quickly as I could to 116mm and started firing away and as I did I started leaning and almost fell on my back as the Osprey passed over my head. Adrian and I were laughing out loud and Bill was wondering if we got any good shots of the Osprey floundering with its prey over our heads.

Me? I was just glad the Osprey didn’t drop that huge Flounder on my head!



  1. Kim December 1, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Wow Mia, what a brilliant sight and capture! That’s the best osprey with fish shot I’ve seen, and wonderful to have had a good laugh at the same time, congratulations!

  2. Sonja Ross December 1, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Incredible! I didn’t know flounder were so pale either.

  3. Elephant's Child November 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    What a fibber you are. You weren’t ‘just’ glad not to be wearing the flounder at all. Any day when you laugh is a winner – seeing that amazing sequence is another AND to capture it as well makes for a triple treat. And yes, I am also happy that you didn’t experience the slap-stick of a fish in the face.

  4. Patty Chadwick November 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    What a great, lucky shot! I’ve seen pictures of osprey with fish before, but never as close, or ant and angle of that one!

  5. M. Bruce November 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

    You not only got the shot, you got a truly amazing, tack sharp shot. What a thrill to not only see this spectacular sight but to have everything work out photographically. Congratulations!

  6. Utahbooklover November 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Great shot and quite a story behind it too!

  7. Montanagirl November 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Oh WOW! That’s a spectacular shot!

  8. Liz Cormack November 30, 2013 at 8:18 am

    He’s looking right at you. Probably wondering if you were a threat to taking his prized possession away from him.
    Great shot!

  9. Carroll Tarvin November 30, 2013 at 8:15 am

    What an incredible shot. I love it and hope the Osprey got to eat it after a catch like that. Thank you, you brightened my morning again.

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