|An Osprey soaring overhead looking for its next meal, Phoenix, AZ; 12/26/09.|
|The best pic I was able to get of an Osprey with its catch at Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, IL; 3/26/2011.|
|The same Osprey a day later at Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, IL; 3/27/2011.|
In winter Ospreys will migrate south to the South Pacific coasts of California, the Baja Peninsula, as well as Florida, and the Gulf states. In December of 2009 while hiking the Butcher Jones Trail at Saguaro Lake, Arizona, I was fortunate enough to not only see an Osprey make its dive and catch a fish, but was able to capture it with a burst of photos (see my 6/27/10 post with link below...
Below are a few more photos from that series:
|An Osprey locating its prey on Saguaro Lake ...|
|The same Osprey pulling its catch out of the lake ...|
|...and taking off with its prize; Saguaro Lake, AZ; 12/29/2009.|
Just a week ago, while we were hiking around Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, Val saw an Osprey flying off carrying a fish that she said was almost as big as he was. By the time she got my attention to try to take a picture it was gone, and I missed the opportunity. Ospreys are always fun to watch, and I hope someday I get another chance to capture one in its dive catching a fish.