Ospreys at Caloundra, Queensland

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

I recently took a coastal walk along Kings Beach at Caloundra, Queensland, searching for a pair of ospreys which I had been told were resident in the area.  After a couple of hours searching, they presented themselves and I was able to get some nice pics of these majestic birds passing overhead.

Their diet is mainly fish, and it’s a photography goal of mine to get a picture of an osprey catching a fish from the water.  I didn’t get that particular shot this time, but I noticed that one of them had in fact caught a fish and was flying with it, still in its talons.

Osprey with fish

As it happened, the osprey wasn’t the only fish-catching bird I encountered on this walk.  I also saw this cormorant, who had successfully caught a fish for lunch.  I’ve not been able to identify the type of fish it’s holding, so I welcome any suggestions in the comments.

Little Black Cormorant

After the osprey-spotting outing, I managed one final shot of a beautiful blue faced honey-eater.

Blue Faced Honey-eater

I’m very pleased to see that the coastal ecology here remains healthy enough to sustain such wonderful birdlife.

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