National Geographic : 1969 Jul
Hitting the water with a splash, an Oregon os prey plucks a fresh fish dinner from Davis Lake. The female braked at 100 feet when she spied a whitefish near the sur face. Then, diving, she crashed into the water, talons extended, almost disappearing in a wall of spray (above). Hooking the fish, the 31/2-pound bird strains to lift her 1 1 /2 -pound catch (upper right). Airborne (right), she flaps furiously to gain altitude. Time from splashdown to lift off: about 20 seconds. Occasionally, an osprey locks its talons into a fish too large to handle and is pulled under to drown.