These dramatic images of ospreys fishing in Finland and Scotland were taken by expert travel and nature photographer Garry Ridsdale, who waited patiently for the birds to dive down into the water and take their prey. Fish form about 99 percent of these expert hunters’ diet and therefore they are most likely to be found near lakes, rivers and other waterways.

Osprey flying low over the water image
Osprey flying low above the water with a freshly caught fish in its grasp, Pirkanmaa, Finland, Scandinavia, Europe

Garry Ridsdale has been photographing for 35 years, cutting his teeth on 35mm film before moving to medium format with his V series Hasselblad. He is an Adobe Certified Expert and holds the Associateship distinction from the Royal Photographic Society.

Osprey flying over water with a freshly caught fish
Osprey flying head on above a pond with a fish firmly grasped in its talons, Pirkanmaa, Finland, Scandinavia, Europe
Photo of tracked Osprey with a fish in its talons
A satellite tracked osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flying above a small loch with a fish in its talons, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

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