This pine tree serves as a frequent perch for Bald Eagles as they survey the pond below, looking for a meal. The tree dwarfs the raptor and depending on which branch they choose not easy to spot until they fly.
He didn’t move much between my taking this image and the one in my April 6th Barred Owl post, with just his facial disc angled slightly more. They were both so nice I developed a B&W version of this one.
Portrait of a Barred Owl holding his frog catch.
Still wet after his dive to catch this fish the Osprey shook off then proceeded to consume his meal at a steady pace.
He started at the head and worked meticulously down the fish. I didn’t see a single piece fall although my attention did waver as this process took about 15 minutes.
The Osprey’s attention was diverted a couple of times when a Red Shouldered Hawk was calling on the other side of the pond. The Hawk never came close and the Osprey went back to eating.
A foot bridge crosses the pond and I was able to get a different angle out on the bridge.
I didn’t see him leave and a few minutes later I heard his distinctive call out over a nearby marsh.
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