Osprey vs Pike at Ashford Reservoir

September 30, 2012  •  17 Comments

Today has been a day to remember.  I went to Ashford reservoir hoping that I'd get a chance at the juvenile osprey fishing.  After an hour I was getting restless and thinking about switching to the green sandpiper or the very active kingfisher.  Fortunately at that moment, a more observant birder, Chris Gladman, pitched up and pointed out that the bird was perched high in one of the conifers at the back of the lake.  Although it was then chased off by some noisy dogs, it returned shortly afterwards and put on an impressive display of  swooping, diving and on the fourth attempt, catching a young pike.  It then flew off with two corvids in hot pursuit.

It was all so unfamiliar and a joy to watch - being able to see it over again when processing the pictures was a great privilege.

Osprey perchedOsprey - Pandion haliaetus Osprey dive 1Osprey - Pandion haliaetus Osprey dive 2Osprey - Pandion haliaetus Osprey getting out of waterOsprey - Pandion haliaetus Osprey wetOsprey - Pandion haliaetus Osprey flight over waterOsprey - Pandion haliaetus Osprey catching pike 1Osprey - Pandion haliaetus Osprey catching pike 2Osprey - Pandion haliaetus Osprey leaving with pike 1Osprey - Pandion haliaetus Osprey leaving with pike 2Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

The ring detail is visible on the tight crop below:


Rings on osprey


Comments

18.wildejane(non-registered)
thanks for the wonderfull pictures
16.Antoinette de Gast(non-registered)
Truly amazing that you caught all this in such precise detail!!
The pictures are breathtaking...
My sincere compliments!!
15.thekygrol(non-registered)
Very beautifull!!!!!!
14.Bryan(non-registered)
Just read the rest of the comments - doh!
13.Bryan(non-registered)
Nice pics. Email Roy Dennis for the ID he may be able to help. Contact details are on the web http://www.roydennis.org/contact-us/
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