I caught sight of this Osprey on the look-out, high up in a tree at Ding Darling NWR, and waited patiently for him to do something exciting! He sat staring intently out across the water below, occasionally bobbing in the wind to keep his balance on the skinny branches.
It didn’t take too long to zero in on a fish, as is apparently typical: “Ospreys are excellent anglers. Over several studies, Ospreys caught fish on at least 1 in every 4 dives, with success rates sometimes as high as 70 percent. The average time they spent hunting before making a catch was about 12 minutes—something to think about next time you throw your line in the water.” (Source: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/osprey/lifehistory).
Once he started swaying back and forth and nodding his head, I knew he would take off any moment . . . He’d spied his breakfast. Alas, though, I missed the “Big Moment”, as he swooped downward and disappeared behind the trees.
At least I heard the SPLASH!