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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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osprey, pandion haliaetus, australian, bird of prey, fishing hawk, sunset, raptor

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

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleabout 3 years ago

    Wow!! Great shot Deb. Congratulations

  • Many thanks Alwyn!

    – byronbackyard

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuabout 3 years ago
  • Many thanks, very happy making …. I like this one myself!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesabout 3 years ago

  • sarangprabhune
    sarangprabhuneabout 3 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 3 years ago

    1 Day 2011/06/27

    Stunning !

  • Many thanks Magaret!

    – byronbackyard

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 3 years ago

    Congrats on the feature Deb. It’s a terrific capture

  • Thanks so much Al!

    – byronbackyard

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Deb!!

  • Many thanks Marvin, she’s a beauty!

    – byronbackyard

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work
    .

  • Many thanks Ann!

    – byronbackyard

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandabout 2 years ago

    Great title and image Deb.

    One click of the banner will take you to the group. Your work is welcome here and please enjoy it.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

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