21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Osprey Big Catch

A young female Osprey dove and retrieved a catch that was proving to be too big for it to handle. After several failed attempts to fly off with it, it decided to try and eat it on the beach. It was drawing a crowed of coastal birds looking for an easy meal! The determination of this young Osprey paid off and it finally was able to fly off, although it was flying lower than it wanted, I'm sure!

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Carlsbad, Ca, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-1
Copyright: © Charles King