Osprey Circles High ~ haibun

Osprey with Catch

Osprey Circles High

As I paddle downstream, a raptor tracks my progress from a tall sycamore. Taking flight as I approach, its wings lifting with broad strokes, it catches a thermal that takes it higher and higher, gliding as it watches. Taking sight on movement in the water, it starts an aerial dive, striking its prey just below the surface. The great bird flies away in a ballet of wings and fins as I continue to paddle, thankful for the beauty of nature.

osprey circles high
hitting water in steep dive
fish struggles in vain

Frank Tassone’s Hawk Challenge
Image: Osprey with catch, over the Osage River, Missouri

16 thoughts on “Osprey Circles High ~ haibun

    • Thank you. That’s the nice thing about the smaller streams, but they’re frozen in January and February, so my monthly paddle is in a larger river, where I get to see eagles (but seldom as close as this osprey).

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