June 22, 2020
- as seen by -Julie Larsen Maher
A young osprey (Pandion haliaetus) spreads its wings as it nails a perfect landing on a perch at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Maine. When this bird of prey reaches adulthood, its wingspan will stretch to about five feet – ideal for fly fishing in the nearby Atlantic Ocean.
Osprey almost always dine on live fish. This youngster is clutching the last bit of a fresh catch flown in by its parents.
Osprey are a conservation success story according to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds. Their numbers have increased over the last 50 years due to pesticide bans and artificial nest sites on human-built platforms.
Nikon D5 with Nikkor 200-500mm Lens