Monday, 13 July 2009

Venus Pool - Osprey 'Take 2'

A drive to the gym Monday evening took in what was meant to be a brief session at Venus Pool. Very quiet, with nothing of note until 7.20 (just as I was leaving) - up went the Gulls!!

Now that could mean only one thing and just look what was gliding in - out came the camera I'd just packed away.....






The next 20 minutes or so was spent trying to capture the moment, at least there were come patches of blue sky to try and catch the bird against.....










Managed to take in the upperwing occasionally - one or two frame-fillers too!








It can't be easy trying to locate a suitable catch with Gulls constantly 'in your face'!










Eventually after breaking free - a plunge down.....






I counted at least four failed plunges into the water (usually hidden behing the island) and with so little light against the dark background, very difficult to freeze the motion! This was typical - a mere 1/200 sec!






Eventually - SUCCESS - but what a tiddler!! Certainly the smallest fish I've seen one catch!








This was the same adult bird that was also seen on Saturday morning - very early for return and I'm sure it will be hanging about for a few days yet - Gulls permitting......

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