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. Osprey generally eat fish beginning with the head and working toward the tail. A male who is also providing food for a mate and offspring during the breeding season will typically consume at least part of the fish before delivering the remainder to the female. Ospreys do not cache fish. If a fish is larger than an osprey (and his mate and offspring if breeding) can consume, the fish is discarded, carried around with the osprey, or left in the nest. Ospreys do not generally need to drink water. Fish flesh supplies sufficient amounts of water to meet their requirements.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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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  • mspfoto
    mspfotoabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Many thanks, that’s dad carrying the fish around trying to get their juvenile to fish!

    – byronbackyard

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersabout 4 years ago

    Amazing to watch the oldies teaching the kids… we could learn a lot from them, another great capture Deb.

  • Thanks Phillip, I learn so much from them … I just forget to remember in my day to day life unfortunately!

    – byronbackyard

  • MasterJim
    MasterJimabout 4 years ago

    Another excellent image – ver well captured.

  • Many thanks Jim!

    – byronbackyard

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    My goodness your work is just fabulous. Beautiful depth to the tones in this one.

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, much appreciated since your work is awesome!

    – byronbackyard

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickabout 4 years ago

    I like the angle of he wings and the focus on the “dinner” is very well done!

  • Many thanks Kimberly, I can’t take much credit really, I have a second to get a shot and sometimes they pay off!

    – byronbackyard

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • Betsy  Seeton
    Betsy Seetonabout 4 years ago

    This is wonderful!! Your work is amazing!! You do the birds do proud!!

  • Thanks so much for your lovely comment Betsy!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresserabout 4 years ago

    Nice capture BBY

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 4 years ago

    Great capture!! . . .

  • Many thanks Hugh!

    – byronbackyard

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