Osprey (with lunch)

Pandion haliaetus.

Not as sharp on the head as I'd have liked, but it was a very quick shot as I spotted him quite late.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 30th May 2009, This photo: 8:43am


  • mitchell burns said:
    nice one David.... perfect timing
  • looby88 said:
    that fish looks a spikey meal !! Its a good one Dave, I can always find something wrong with my photos too, thats cos there always is !! I dont think theres much wrong with this !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Almost ;-)
    Yeah, I was quite surprised at how spiky that fish was. No idea what sort it is, maybe someone who knows fish can enlighten us.
    The eyes aren't sharp in the full size version, that's about it really.
  • Ross_M said:
    Dave its a black trevally (Siganus spinus) Spines are poisonous and create severe pain if you get spiked
  • Garry' said:
    Looks almost like he has only the skeleton between the claws. Taken with your new lens?
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Debbie from Brisbane said:
    Well caught (the image and the fish!). Great shot David!
  • David de Groot said:
    Well there you go. I'm terrible at ID'ing fish.
    It does a bit, and yes, this would be with the new Lens :)
    Thanks Debbie :)
  • Ross_M said:
    I learnt this one the hard way!
  • James Lagden said:
    Pretty good for a quick reaction shot. Only just about to go through mine now.
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah, that doesn't sound like fun at all!
    I've made two passes through mine, culled out a few more duds.
  • steve happ said:
    awesome shot, well done..
  • batch2008 said:
    Nice shot Dave, but it shows how hard it can be to get that perfect shot when you have to rely on so many things to be right for you. I haven't yet been able to get a shot of an osprey, but when i do i'll probably mess it up by trying to hard or not being ready. Is there a place in Caloundra that is good to spot these birds, as i have seen some good photos on flickr that were taken up the sunshine coast way.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Steve :)
    You're right Pete, sometimes it all comes together, sometimes it doesn't, sometimes close enough is still good enough. ;-)
    See the map link on the right as to exactly where we were.
  • Dylan Toh said:
    Still an awesome shot - did you catch it on AI servo mode?
  • David de Groot said:
    Pretty much - Ai Focus mode. :)
  • Adam Randell said:
    Stunning bird of prey Dave. Beautiful colour under it's wings.
    As a kid I lived on a boat & caught these fish everyday, they're also known as a happy moment. Not very happy when you get spiked.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Adam, so what bright spark decided to call them "a happy moment" if the outcome was somewhat the opposite ?
  • HPVD Photos said:
    That's what I call a wonderful catch on both parts.
    Well spotted and right on the mark.
  • KennyWP said:
    A nice catch indeed!
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Smooth Dave, great catch mate... I'm always looking for a shot like this.........
  • anitabromley said:
    Awesome capture!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    What are you doing online ? Aren't you still on your honeymoon ? :P Thanks Kane!
  • SkattyKat said:
    Great capture !
  • David de Groot said:
    Cool eh ?
  • Cass n Dan said:
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • maasha said:
    Nice one David, seems sharp enuf to me!
  • David de Groot said:
    Well in the full size version (not on flickr) you can see the eyes aren't 100% sharp, but I may be just being a little picky.
  • maasha said:
    Well, I am pretty picky too. I guess it will only be a problem if printed in size big.
  • Ross_M said:
    I think this bird image is really excellent. You are invited to post it to Excellence In Avian Photography. Please read the rules before posting your image.
  • Ursula Skjonnemand said:
    Wow! Capturing that moment was well worth the (very) minor issue with focus.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • Patricia Lang said:
    wooooow...so cool.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)