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Catch of the day!

It was so exciting (and sad) to see this hunting Osprey capture this trout from our lake! Yes, the focus is not sharp but I still thought it was a rather dramatic "catch" on my part and so I wanted to share it with you.

 

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The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the sea hawk or fish eagle, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching 60 centimetres (24 in) in length with a 2 m wingspan. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts, with a black eye patch and wings [...] nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply.

 

As its other common name suggests, the Osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It has evolved specialised physical characteristics and exhibits unique behaviour to assist in hunting and catching prey.[...]

 

The Osprey differs in several respects from other diurnal birds of prey. Its toes are of equal length, its tarsi are reticulate, and its talons are rounded, rather than grooved. The Osprey and Owls are the only raptors whose outer toe is reversible, allowing them to grasp their prey with two toes in front and two behind. This is particularly helpful when they grab slippery fish [as seen in my photo].

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey

  

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Enjoy your long weekend and thanks for visiting.

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Taken on July 30, 2011