Category Archives: Ospreys

Eagle jeopardy

Bald Eagles and Ospreys never fly together. The male Osprey is defending his nest from the eagle. Since Eagles share very much the same lifestyle and habitat as the Osprey, these two are often in conflict. They will raid each … Continue reading

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Nighttime on the North River

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“Dragging the water”

This is an Osprey chick “dragging the water”. Osprey do this to clean their talons and to cool down by getting water on their breast feathers. Photo by Kim Taylor

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Incubation day # 31 of 37-38

Switching off

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Where to eat

Once an osprey catches a fish, it likes to take it to an isolated or elevated site to eat. They always eat the head off first.

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Catch and carry

Once in the air, ospreys will arrange the fish so that it is facing upright, head forward. This reduces aerodynamic drag.

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“Missed”

Fishing  Ospreys catch fish on at least 1 in every 4 dives, with success rates of 70%. The average time spent hunting before making a catch is about 4 minutes. “Missed”  

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