16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Osprey Struggles to Takeoff

Osprey are raptors that hunt along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Once they capture a fish, they often struggle to takeoff. To easy the transition to flight, they quickly reposition the fish to an aerodynamic position, much like an external tank on a military aircraft, to make flying easier.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 07.2018
Photo Location: Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © William Walkowiak