Ospreys hunt for fish on the wing (less often from a perch), flapping and gliding 10 to 40 meters above the water. When an osprey spots a fish, it hovers briefly, then dives toward the surface of the water. Just before hitting the water, the osprey swings its legs forward and bends its wings back, plunging feet-first into the water. The osprey uses strong, almost horizontal wing beats to lift itself and its prey from the water. Once airborne, the osprey rearranges the fish in its feet, carrying it with one foot in front of the other so that the fish is facing forward. This position presumably makes the fish more aerodynamic, and easier to carry. The osprey then takes the fish to a perch, often near the nest, to eat.
Ospreys catch fish on 24 to 74% of their dives. This success rate is affected by individual ability, weather and tide.

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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Comments

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Ah there you are, thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot!! . . .

  • Thanks Hugh, that’s Dad with his catch!

    – byronbackyard

  • Kratos
    Kratosover 4 years ago

    Good timing!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    June 29, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • vigor
    vigorover 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture, congrats!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    You’re so very welcome Byron

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