14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Bird of Prey

Aviemore, Scotland. I went to Scotland to photograph ospreys in early August before they migrate back to Africa. I had been waking up at 4am every day for 5 days walking to the pond where they fish and waiting patiently for hours in a cold and humid hide for them to show up. It was my last morning when an osprey dove caught a trout and flew straight at me. It was an incredible moment as the bird looked straight in my direction as he lifted his prey.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Aviemore, United Kingdom
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Copyright: © Michel Zoghzoghi