Incredible snaps capture Osprey clutching rainbow trout at Scottish loch
These incredible images show an osprey putting on a dramatic display with its wings outstretched clasping a rainbow trout in its claws.
Taken by Bill Doherty at a loch in Aviemore, Scotland, the mighty bird can be seen staring at the camera as it swoops to the water’s surface and scoops up its lunch.
Award-winning amateur snapper Bill, 63, went to the loch in the early of the morning to ensure he had a prime spot.
Bill from Ashington, Northumberland, said: “To see that bird above you and diving – it’s a real adrenalin rush.
“I got up at about 4am to get there in the semi-darkness so I was in position before the Ospreys saw me.
“I usually sit until 9 or 10 o clock. Sometimes you can sit all day and not get a bird but that’s wildlife for you.
“Other times you might see three to four birds.
“They’ve got a really keen eyesight, they can detect movement so you have to stay very still.
“When they swoop down that’s when you start blasting away with the camera.
“My perfect thing with wildlife photography is movement, either birds in flight or animals running.
“I try to get diving images which are difficult to get.
“I was very happy with the shot of it coming towards me.
“It’s one of the shots you hope for when you’re snapping away. When I saw it on the back on the camera I knew it was a keeper.”
Service manager Bill, who has published books on wildlife, said he used to do a lot of hunting and fishing but now prefers taking snaps.
Bill, who uses a Nikon D700 and hires a 500mm lens said: “I’ve softened in my old age so now I just get into the same positions and take photographs instead.
“I learnt a lot about wildlife and how animals perform and act.
“I’ve been going to Aviemore every year for the last 10 years.
“I must have one of the biggest collections of osprey pictures in the country. I just like them because they’re such an iconic bird.
“Even people who don’t like birds tend to like the raptors.
“I used to dream of them as a child and would always look at pictures of them or watch documentaries.
“To think that they were nearly extinct in the 1950s and now there are around 300 pairs in the UK, it’s amazing.
“I’ve got a stressful job and taking pictures of wildlife keeps me calm and helps me de-stress.”