Patience is a virtue

21 January 2009
Osprey scoop, by Paul Hobson

Osprey scoop, by Paul Hobson

I visited the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum, where this stunning photograph by Paul Hobson of an osprey catching a fish was ‘specially commended’ in the Bird Behaviour category. Reading his description of what he’s done to take it, one could only admire his patience.

‘I lived in a hide overlooking a lake in Pohtiolampi, Finland, for five days, waiting for ospreys to stop off to feed. For four days, the wind blew in the wrong direction, and the birds dived from behind the hide. Only on the last day did the wind change, allowing just this single shot of the osprey I had hoped for.’

So if the wind hadn’t changed… There are some fine shots of animals and birds taken closer to home on his website. My son was especially taken by his hedgehogs.

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