Osprey Fishing

It wasn’t long after arriving to the South Carolina coast when I spotted a bird flying obviously familiar yet different from the gulls and pelicans.

It was an easy ID sighting of my favorite bird, the Osprey.  Since that first one, I’ve seen more.  They fish along the shoreline daily.

I’ve observed a few dive attacks, but so far have captured only one.  Definitely not the best, but for those that haven’t seen the talons out front on attack of a fish, the first photo gives the example.

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“Geez, I thought you were much bigger!”

A couple days later, I didn’t even see the dive but shot much better photos of another Osprey with his catch as he flew by.

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I used to observe an Osprey pair (Oliver & Olivia) daily for several years in my backyard along the Chesapeake Bay.  Their devotion raised a family each summer.  It was amazing to watch the family’s antics and growth.  And it was sad when they left to migrate south for the winter.  But then Spring returned to the Chesapeake Bay, and so did the Osprey!

Seeing Osprey during the winter here in South Carolina is surreal for me.  But I love it!


46 thoughts on “Osprey Fishing

  1. Awesome shots! I’ve never seen one actually fishing but have seen them a few times carry their catch. We rarely have them in New Mexico so it’s a great to see one when we do in the winter. Your shots are way better than any I’ve gotten. 😁

    • Thanks Kelly! I really am not happy with the dive, I’ve got better photos from other times, but I do like seeing that profile of theirs with the talons out and ready for the grab. 🙂

    • Thanks! Actually, there has been a few Osprey found further North during a whole winter on the Potomac River off the Chesapeake Bay. As long as the water doesn’t freeze and there are fish, Osprey are getting more resilient to the cold. I actually think though migrating to the tropics every winter is a better bet! 🙂

  2. Wonderful shots Donna! Being witness to Ospreys fishing is a great event even if you don’t have a camera. Can’t get tired of that scene. Thanks for the nice post. 🙂

  3. Super fishing photos Donna, well done! It is so cool to get the stages of the descent and the ascent of the Osprey fishing, and such clear captures. It shows how great their eyesight is (6 times better than ours) to pounce with such accuracy on submerged fish (vision corrects for water refraction), wouldn’t that be nice to have? Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Thanks Ashley! They are indeed fun to watch. I have worked on trying to get that descent perfect in photos, but not so quite. It’s sometimes so sudden you can’t maneuver your fingers fast enough, lol. Years ago, my observing Osprey on a daily basis quickly made them a part of my life as well as me becoming an amateur birder and photographer. And now look at me!! 🙂

  4. In my mind, when I say ‘bayphotosbydonna’ this means ‘Osprey’.

    Because I am not too familiar with your current geographic position and the one you have when you take photos of Ospreys, for me it is very normal to see these photos here. 🙂

    • Awwwwww…..I love your comment, Cornell! You and I have been ‘blogger friends’ for many years and you remember so well. For sure, no matter where I might be, I’m always on the lookout for an Osprey just to see one. Even better if I have the opportunity to photograph one! 🙂

  5. It would be great to watch these osprey in action. Well done with the photos, it’s always difficult to get good captures of birds in motion.

    • Thanks Ellen. I’ve previously seen Osprey dive in deep water but kind of worrry seeing them dive close to the coast where it’s only couple feet deep. But I’m sure they know what they’re doing. 🙂

  6. Absolutely marvelous shots of a favorite bird. Our osprey seem to have left for parts unknown. We haven’t seen them around for some time now. They are the most amazing raptors ever! I heard somewhere that Oregon is wanting to make them our state bird (over the current meadowlark). I’ve always wished we could replace the Bald Eagle with the Osprey. At least they (the Osprey) catch their own dinner and don’t steal from other birds. 😀

    • Thanks Gunta! Watching them years back, I learned so much about their character and personalities, and their funny antics. They are amazing! How cool it’d be to have a state use the Osprey as a state bird! Come on Oregon! 🙂

  7. Lucky you, Donna – and great shots! I’ll be counting the days until Saint Patrick’s Day, the annual return date for our local ospreys. Your shots make me ‘homesick’ for my Barney and Betty. 🙂

  8. LOVED these captures, Donna! I wonder if the Ospreys you observe in SC are non-migratory like ours. If they are, then they have probably started their nesting season already?

    • Thanks Helen! I was thinking non-migratory since waters usually don’t freeze in SC and didn’t through this recent artic blast, but I’ve yet to see an osprey nest platform anywhere. We’ve not ventured out too much because of the cold for nature rides, so it’s high on my list (not hubby’s lol) to go a couple areas to start investigating. 🙂 When I saw the photo of the Osprey looking at that pitifully small fish, I thought, oh boy, hope you’re going to try to present that to your lady! 😉

  9. I’ve just discovered your blog, and have started to follow. My other half, Paul, does the photography for my blog. I showed this sequence of the osprey fishing. He’s green with envy – what a capture!

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