Headless Fish & The Osprey

magnificent Osprey with dead fish clutched in it’s talon

Osprey having a snack

Osprey & the headless fish

I probably bore people to death with my stories of watching the Osprey hunt for fish.  That’s okay with me because I am telling you, I can’t get enough of watching this amazing bird of prey hunt!  I love to watch them dive into the spring or into the ocean or bay and resurface with a fish.  Though I have yet to capture a photo of this bird in action…actually catching a fish, I did get this, ‘after-the-hunt’ shot.  I got a few actually, before the Osprey started eyeing me, and I decided to let it enjoy it’s seafood snack in peace.  After all, I am not entirely certain about how protective Osprey are of their food.  I did offer my humble thanks to the Osprey for letting me get these photos before I got back on the road again.  Hope you enjoy!


8 thoughts on “Headless Fish & The Osprey

  1. in south ft. myers one was sitting ina deadish tree in the park where my folks lived doing this. quite a crowd gathered and he seemed infazed. regal bearing. everytime a morsel of innard would fall we all went, “eeew”.
    once on forty one a bald eagle crossed the road so llow in front of my car. wonderful memory. so magnificent. so glad they are thriving.


  2. I can just imagine the scene with a small crowd gathered to watch! And that must have been amazing to see a bald eagle on 41. What a special memory. Today, I was driving on San-Cap road, and an Osprey flew across the road in front of me with a fish clutched in it’s talons. I was alone, yelling, ‘Oh wow! If only I could have gotten a photo!’ Taking photos while driving is not a good idea, of course, but at least I got the memory. Thanks for sharing one of your memories with me! 🙂


  3. Hi Sarah,

    Lovely photos!

    One of my great passions in life is birds – I even watch them for a living! Ospreys are incredible fishing machines. They have brilliant adaptations to their feet, feathers, and eyes that allow them to plunge dive and then take off carrying a massive catch. More than that, they are stunningly beautiful.

    In Scotland, they are only summer visitors; migrating to Africa to avoid our winter (although this summer has been like winter!). They were persecuted to extinction in the late 19th century but returned in the 1950’s. Since then, big efforts have been made to protect them and they are doing well again. I never tire of seeing them and watching them fish is a jaw-dropping experience.

    Keep on posting the osprey stories and good luck getting that elusive flight shot!



    • Hi, Peter!

      Thank you for your note and teaching me even more about Opsreys! They really are amazing birds. I don’t know much about birds in general, but I have an appreciation for them, thanks to my mother. My siblings and I all tease her that we all still point out birds we see along the highway or anywhere for that matter with a lot of excitement. Mom knows A LOT about birds, but we try to keep up. In any case, she turned us into bird watchers, and I just think it’s so amazing to see birds like the Osprey in action. You would love Sanibel Island and Captiva Island, Peter. They have bird ‘conventions’ here and more because of the numerous species of birds and wildlife. We also have one of the largest Osprey populations around. Thanks for your encouragement! I will keep going after the in-flight shot! 🙂



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