By Mike Jones
Catch of the day – these images show the moment a bird of prey swoops down on his unsuspecting victim.
Lee Smith, 47, captured the Osprey at River Gwash Trout Farm at Horn Mill in Oakham.
Thanks to his impeccable timing, the self-taught wildlife photographer, waited patiently for the Osprey until he decided to pounce – and caught it all on camera.
Lee, from Lincoln, said: “I’ve always loved nature and stopping time has always fascinated me so photographing moving animals seemed to fit the bill.
“You only have one chance to get it right, it’s not like you can ask the subject to do it again, and I love that challenge.
“I had two visits to the Trout Farm, the first was a trial run to see how fast the Osprey actually moved when diving in order to practice my technique.
“I was nearly there, but to ensure I was fully prepared for my second visit I went to my local park and practiced with the seagulls.
“One of my favourite photos is the one where the osprey’s talons are out, it’s a shot that most wildlife photographers try to capture but often fail as it happens in a slit second.”