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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


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  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful work, great light & composition, nicely done!

  • Many thanks Denis!

    – byronbackyard

  • Carl M. Moore
    Carl M. Moorealmost 4 years ago

    Amazing shot. Nothing more admiring than hunting at it’s best. <):-)

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture..

  • Many thanks Jason!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    What a stunning image captured in action. Fantastic work.

  • Thanks so much Andrea, he’s still feeding Bella!

    – byronbackyard

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsalmost 4 years ago

    A great capture Byron , Well done , Trev

  • Many thanks Trev!

    – byronbackyard

  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 4 years ago

    Interesting read, and such a brilliant clear capture!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • photographykl
    photographyklalmost 4 years ago


  • Many thanks!

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    lorileealmost 4 years ago


  • Many thanks Lorilee!

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  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago


  • Many thanks Marvin!

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    bugboobunzalmost 4 years ago

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