Osprey Wings

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I watched and photographed one of our Ospreys hovering with steady wingbeats over the cove, searching for a meal.

Although she didn’t take a dive this time, it’s fascinating to see her intent focus and beautiful wingspans.  Any fisherman will tell you, fishing is serious stuff!

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Osprey searching for a fish

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Osprey hovering, sees something?

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Same hover, steady wingbeats, “Wait, is that a fish?”

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Another hover angle, eyes to the water

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Ospreys are excellent fishermen.  Combining several indepth studies, Ospreys caught fish at least 1 in every 4 dives, with success rates sometimes as high as 70 percent.  The average time Osprey spent hunting before making a catch was about 12 minutes.

This gal was just getting started!

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44 thoughts on “Osprey Wings

    • Thank you, Barbara! Osprey/raptors have 6 to 8 times better distant vision than humans. The Osprey’s eyes also face forward giving them excellent depth perception. 🙂

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