I have had a great, but very long day (morning and evening sessions, so up at about 1am and back to bed about 12.30am the next morning) at Rutland Water photographing fishing Ospreys at Horn Mill Trout Farm.
This site has become a favourite feeding site for the Osprey at nearby Rutland Water. So instead of netting the all ponds to keep the Ospreys out the owners decided to leave one pond with access for the Ospreys and build a hide where the birds could be photographed. Another example of turning the presence of wildlife to your advantage and of course they get a relatively easy meal out of it, and photographers like me get the opportunity to photograph these Ospreys without stressing the birds. If they don't want to feed here they don't have to.
To all you budding wildlife photographers out there (and more experienced), not stressing the animal you are taking pictures of is of the utmost importance. If you think you are causing stress to an animal or you can see another photographer is, then back quietly away and leave. The welfare of that animal is paramount.
It was a amazing to watch them fish but it has to be said there wasn't a great deal of finesse involved, and they missed as many times as they caught a fish (but then I couldn't catch fish with my bare hands by diving in a pond, or with a rod for that matter) and as you can see from the next image it's not at all subtle!
This poor fella took 3 attempts to catch a fish and looked pretty knackered by the time he tried to lift off with his fish!
And for the fish fans amongst you here a few more images where the Ospreys didn't make a catch.
I am never satisfied as a photographer. I keep looking at this next image and wished he had caught a fish!
And a flight shot to finish.
For more images go to my "Birds of Prey Gallery" on the main website.