Pa­tience pays off for hobby pho­tog­ra­pher

Man spends four hours in hide to cap­ture os­prey

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY MICHELLE HEN­DER­SON

A wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher has cap­tured a breath-tak­ing im­age of an os­prey in the High­lands af­ter spend­ing more than four hours wait­ing for the per­fect mo­ment to pounce.

David Daw­son, 47, from Dundee, left his home in the early hours of Thurs­day morn­ing to travel north to Aviemore to ob­serve the early morn­ing hunt of the fish-eat­ing bird of prey.

The fac­tory worker set off around 1am to set up a cam­ou­flage hide on the banks at Mac­don­ald Aviemore Re­sort by 4.30am, re­main­ing there for more than four hours be­fore the op­por­tu­nity arose to cap­ture the per­fect pic­ture.

The im­age shows an os­prey hold­ing on to its prey af­ter div­ing into the wa­ter to cap­ture a fish.

Speak­ing about the day’s events, Mr Daw­son said cap­tur­ing the im­age was sim­ply a streak of luck.

He 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 fiveminute 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.”

Mr Daw­son, who en­joys wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy as a hobby, ad­mits he did not re­alise he had cap­tured the iconic im­age un­til he looked back through his shots.

He added: “When you are in the hide you are just con­cen­trat­ing on tak­ing the pic­tures, you don’t have time to look at your cam­era be­cause you don’t want to miss any­thing.

“It wasn’t un­til I looked back I re­alised I had got good ones.”

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