It is breathtaking to witness the majestic osprey soar through the sky. To capture them in flight, a skilled photographer is required. And an even better photographer to capture them in the act of hunting.
Here comes Chen Chengguang, a talented bird photographer from Taiwan. Ospreys have been captured on camera in some of his best bird photography. Especially his chronophotographs, which combine images taken over the course of several frames showing ospreys diving toward their prey.
Scroll down to admire Chen’s breathtaking images. Make sure to check out the rest of his Instagram photos; they are stunning. Check out Bored Panda’s article on enormous harpy eagles if you still need more content about majestically beautiful birds.
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Ospreys in the middle of their hunt were captured in some breathtaking photographs by photographer Chen Chengguang.
Chen claims that for a very long time, he has been “obsessed” with taking pictures of birds. His intention is to display “the most lovely features” of flight. He notes that while working as a photographer involves “toil, frustration, and excitement,” it is all worthwhile because it makes him feel as though he has accomplished something.
Chen produces frame-by-frame composite images using a method known as chronophotography.
Over 209,000 people on Instagram follow Chen and wait for his incredible photos of wildlife. It’s clear why: the shots are aesthetic, colorful, and present a new and exciting way of looking at birds.
After osprey catch fish, they orient them headfirst to minimize wind resistance
Ospreys live up to 30 years in the wild, according to National Geographic. They almost exclusively feast on fish-flesh. In fact, fish make up 99 percent of their diet. That’s some serious pescetarianism right there (minus the veggies).
Due to their diets, these raptors spend the majority of their time near bodies of water. Their bodies are ideal for hunting fish because they have curved claws and pads on their feet, making it difficult for their prey to flee.
The feet of ospreys have curved claws and pads that are ideal for catching fish.
Ospreys dive from a height of 30 to 100 feet (9 to 30 meters) to the surface of the water. That’s amazing! The fact that an osprey flies with a fish in its talons and positions it headfirst to reduce wind resistance is almost as cool.
Fish makes up 99 percent of the diet of these birds.
The osprey population in the US was in danger back in the 1950s when their natural habitats were polluted with chemicals. Fortunately, they overcame that challenge and increased their population in some locations.