24 July 2016

A real struggle


I noticed some unusual Osprey behaviour a few days ago.................


Abouy 30 or so meters offshore I noticed an Osprey flapping in the surf. I assumed it was trying to take off after catching a fish but it seemed to be in there a long time. It became clear it was swimming to the beach.




It took several minutes to reach the shore.............


It then became clear it had been dragging a rather large fish................


It looked absolutely knackered.


It then started feeding.


It was on the other side of a rivermouth so we quickly drove inland and then to the other side............


It flew off, as you can see it had eaten the head................


6 comments:

  1. What a great encounter to witness. There are anecdotes about Ospreys in Ontario locking into large pike too big to lift from the water and being dragged under and drowned. I have no personal experience of this but I have heard of it from people I would consider reliable and not given to hyperbole.

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    1. I have heard similar stories from Scottish lochs about Osprey skeletons being found with their talons stil deeply embedded into salmon's backs..........

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  2. I wonder what percentage of the Osprey's weight that fish is....!!

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    1. It must be about the same naybe? Like a person picking up a fully grown pig........

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