By Kim Reader
This stunning snap of an osprey flying overhead clutching a huge trout in its talons appears like its flown right off the screen of epic war movie Dunkirk – as it looks just like a WWII bomber.
In the perfectly-timed shot the bird of prey is soaring through blue skies, showing off its impressive 71″ wingspan with its claws stuck into a trout almost as big as its 24″ body.
The way the fish is lined up perfectly under the bird and facing forward is reminiscent of the Second World War’s Swordfish bombers – used during the Dunkirk evacuation in May 1940.
Amateur photographer Phil Rimmer, 48, was out for a walk near Lax Hill, Rutland, when his partner Tania Wilkinson, 50, alerted him to the ‘flying fish’ so he could get some quick snaps on August 28.
While the photo has received a lot of praise from fellow photographers and wildlife fanatics, university maintenance purchaser Phil said he was just lucky to be in the right place at the right time.
Phil, of Leicester, East Mids, said: “We were just out for a walk. We love going for walks around Rutland reserve and I’ve always got my camera with me to take photos of all the critters.
“It was Tania that suddenly spotted the Osprey and the trout. It was quite far off so I got my camera out to have a look through my lens and there it was, this flying fish.
“It instantly reminded me of one of the Swordfish bomber planes used in WWII – it looks just like it.
“The trout was absolutely huge. You could see the Osprey straining a bit, poor thing. I think it took on a bit more than it could chew.
“I’ve not seen one before from a side profile carrying a fish like that. And one of the guys at the reserve mentioned he has never seen an Osprey catch such a big trout. It was really impressive.
“I learnt after that the reason they have the fish facing forward is for aerodynamics. It’s so clever.
“I imagine that’s the same reason the bomber planes are laid out like they are too. It’s amazing how much inspiration we take from nature.
“I have had so many nice comments from people, it has been fantastic but I really just feel so lucky to have got the shot. I really was in the right place at the right time.”
The striking snap was captured by Phil using his Nikon D500 with a 300mm f2.8 lens and a tele converter x2.
Phil said his lifelong love for wildlife and the great outdoors naturally guided him towards picking up photography as a hobby six years ago.
Phil said: “I have always been a great animal lover and enjoyed being in nature so picking up wildlife photography as a hobby was just a natural progression really.
“It is just a lovely thing to do. If I get stressed out, nothing makes me feel calmer than going out for a walk, observing nature and being able to capture it with a camera.
“And through a camera lens you can observe so much more than you would normally, you can see things you would never usually see.”