Okinawan Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

It was a cloudy Sunday morning. I was walking along the river banks in Agarizaki, Nishihara, Okinawa. The low tide has reached it peak, uncovering large area of the river mouth. It was really a solemn and refreshing view, except with the muddy and fishy smell from the river.

I saw a lot of fish swimming in groups gapping for air with their mouth, as probably there was not enough oxygen in the muddy water.

Suddenly a raptor bird glided near the water surface, making a splash sound and hovering up to the sky. I thought, this bird was hunting for a fish, but it failed.

I ready my camera and lens and waited for the bird to strike again. And it was not long when that decisive moment happened. And I was really lucky to get these images.

This bird is an Okinawan Osprey (well… it is a common Osprey, though…). Its scientific name is Pandion haliaetus, also known as seahawk or fish eagle or fish hawk.

“It is a large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm (24 in) in length and 180 cm (71 in) across the wings. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts.

The osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica, although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant.” (Wikipedia)

Shot using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a Canon EF 80-200mm F2.8L “magic drainpipe” lens.


Copyright: Danang Ambar Prabowo


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