Wait for os­prey catch pays off

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

Amaz­ing pic­tures cap­ture the mo­ment an Os­prey dives into the wa­ter to catch a fish.

Darren Daw­son, 47, a fac­tory worker from Dundee who does wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy as a hobby, took the stun­ning pic­tures in Aviemore.

He set up in a cam­ou­flaged hide for more than four hours be­fore get­ting the per­fect pic­ture.

Darren said: “We had to be in the hide, which is run by Aviemore Ospreys at Mac­don­ald Aviemore re­sort, by 4.30am be­fore the ospreys start div­ing.

“I was there for four hours be­fore I got the pic­ture about 7am but it’s just luck if you get the pic­ture in good light­ing and with the bird catch­ing the fish.

“The ospreys did about 11 dives that day, with five-minute breaks in be­tween each one.

“Each dive lasts about 20 sec­onds max­i­mum so it all hap­pens quite quickly and a few of the dives re­ally early in the morn­ing were in re­ally bad light­ing.”

He said he did not know he had cap­tured the pic­tures un­til he looked back at them.

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