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Osprey Cleaning Feet

Image # 1D2_04878

Lake Marion, SC


Canon 600L/f4 IS

ISO 500, f/5.6, 1/2500 second

Manual Exposure

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick


I had not seen this behavior before, but I learned that frequently Osprey will fly along the water's surface, periodically dragging their feet, presumably cleaning them off from the previous catch. (This image is a significant crop from the original - I was set with the 600L by itself, to have a wide enough view to capture Osprey returning to the nest we were relatively close to, when this one made several passes to clean its feet much farther away.)