The Fish Hawk’s Catch

About seventy yards above the waters’ surface this osprey hovers like a helicopter, its yellow eyes focused on its prey.

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With a sudden-feet first plunge its talons open like claws.  The bird of prey hooks its catch and off it flies with his fish. 

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The osprey is a hawk known as a fish hawk.  Its primary food is fish but will search nearby fields and swamps for rodents, snakes and other reptiles as a last resort.  They build their nest out of sticks and debris placed in a tree, on rocks, or telephone poles.  I often see nests built on day-markers and channel-markers.  The male delivers the fish to the female on the nest who tears off pieces to feed to the young.

Hope you all enjoy !!!!  All comments are welcomed

Photos and writing by  (Richard Smith)





9 thoughts on “The Fish Hawk’s Catch

  1. 1kayaker April 27, 2016 / 10:01 am

    Thank you for your comment


  2. Margaret Parker Brown April 27, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    I love the Osprey and their call, we have many living and nesting at our local reservoir here. Wonderful photos! I especially like the one that has a fish in its talons.


  3. 1kayaker April 27, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    Thank you for your comment. Ospreys are an interesting bird to study. They have exceptual parenting skills and team work as a couple.


  4. Bud smith April 30, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    What awesome pictures and article!!!

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  5. bayphotosbydonna May 9, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    Great captures, Richard! I’ve been missing my daily Osprey since moving. This was a treat to see, thanks!


  6. 1kayaker May 10, 2016 / 6:22 am

    They are enjoyable birds to watch. I am sure you will have many birds to show us from your new location


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