You have to see these rarely captured scenes of an osprey hunting.
Wildlife photographer Bill Doherty captured amazing images of the osprey, commonly known as the fish eagle or the river hawk, after swooping down for its latest meal.
The photos, which were shot on the River Spey in the Scottish Cairngorms, vividly detail the process by which the majestic birds must retrieve their meals.
Eating a diet almost solely constructed of fish, ospreys will make similar dives throughout the day.
According to Doherty, an experienced osprey will have a roughly 25 percent success rate on dives, obtaining a fish in one out of almost every four attempts.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Doherty explains that ospreys, “need to consume around 300 to 400 grams of fish per day.”
With wings specifically designed for getting airborne out of the water, the large bird emerges with a fresh rainbow trout.
The large talons make easy work of latching on to the fish.
According to Doherty, the birds will often rotate the fish mid flight to improve aerodynamics.
All photos credited to Bill Doherty via www.dailymail.co.uk.