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Old 03-11-2019, 07:03 PM
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I haven't seen any yet but the ospreys should be back to the Chesapeake Bay any day now



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Old 03-12-2019, 07:20 AM
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Great shot, Mako. Ever notice how they hold their fish when flying? They actually hold them straight forward and parallel to their body for better aerodynamics and less resistance. Really amazing.

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They are amazing birds. There is a channel marker just inside the train bridge on the Gunpowder and another, the first one south of the bridge before Maxwell point, I go by all the time.
We see them when they return, have the chicks, watch them grow and be fed then in the fall they are gone.

Found this interesting article when searching where they spend the winter.
The bird is 3 months old and the path is instinctively known. 2,700 miles!!!!!! AMAZING.
Like the monarch butterfly and so many other animals. Mind boggling.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/backpa...eir-migration/
"On a clear morning in early September 2008, a three-month-old female Osprey named Penelope pushed off from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and flew, alone, 2,700 miles to French Guiana in 13 days.She touched down in coastal Maryland and North Carolina for three days, lazed along the Bahamas for four, then blew through the Dominican Republic in 29 hours. At dusk she launched out over the Caribbean, flying all night and the next day to a tiny island off the coast of Venezuela. A week later she was exploring rainforest rivers in French Guiana, her home for the next 18 months."
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Great shot, Mako. Ever notice how they hold their fish when flying? They actually hold them straight forward and parallel to their body for better aerodynamics and less resistance. Really amazing.
Sometimes the fish are too big to fly with




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Great Osprey Shots - I saw one this week on a ICW Marker - Topsail area
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Mako 234 Sometimes the fish are too big to fly with

That's a great pic. I'm not really good with identifying fish to be perfectly honest, but is that a sheapeshead? Don't they have human-like teeth those friggin things lol.



Another cool tidbit about ospreys is their feet they're more unique than any other of the raptor species. Another reason why they couldn't classify them as eagles despite their strictly fish diet and also because of their talons. Unlike the majority of raptors which have the three front toes pointing forward and the rear, killing toe (hallux) pointing backward and owls which have two forward pointing toes and two rear-pointing ones, the osprey is capable of interchanging it's outside toe to go forward or backward and be like a hawk/eagle or an owl. You can clearly see the one forward foot doing so in the pic I posted. Obviously a trait for assisting the grabbing and holding on to slimy and slippery fish. Their talons are also completely round. The only raptor like that while all others (eagles, hawks and owls) have concave bottoms to their talons. Most likely another adaptation to piercing and holding on to fish a bit more easily.

One thing for sure when you watch these magnificent birds carry their fish forward through the air is the reaction of these fish.
It's like wuuuuut the F.... just happened!?





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That's a great pic. I'm not really good with identifying fish to be perfectly honest, but is that a sheapeshead? Don't they have human-like teeth those friggin things lol.



Another cool tidbit about ospreys is their feet they're more unique than any other of the raptor species. Another reason why they couldn't classify them as eagles despite their strictly fish diet and also because of their talons. Unlike the majority of raptors which have the three front toes pointing forward and the rear, killing toe (hallux) pointing backward and owls which have two forward pointing toes and two rear-pointing ones, the osprey is capable of interchanging it's outside toe to go forward or backward and be like a hawk/eagle or an owl. You can clearly see the one forward foot doing so in the pic I posted. Obviously a trait for assisting the grabbing and holding on to slimy and slippery fish. Their talons are also completely round. The only raptor like that while all others (eagles, hawks and owls) have concave bottoms to their talons. Most likely another adaptation to piercing and holding on to fish a bit more easily.

One thing for sure when you watch these magnificent birds carry their fish forward through the air is the reaction of these fish.
It's like wuuuuut the F.... just happened!?
Sheepshead is correct. I was in a kayak and saw an osprey struggling in the water so I paddled over to it. Sat there over 30 minutes watching it and took over 500 pictures. It ended up eating about 1/2 the fish to lighten the load to be able to fly off with it.
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Borrowing a phrase recently posted here on THT...... "you could throw a cat in there sideways"............

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HUGE osprey fan... I get great enjoyment out of watching them do their thing. I am lucky to be in an area heavily populated and I can watch them dive bomb from the comfort of my deck. I have endless blurry pics of them fishing. One day I will buy a camera that is fast enough to actually get a clear shot.
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Key Deer on Big Pine - those mosquitoes torment them so badly.

One of turtles on walk-about

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This little guy got caught in a 5 gallon bucket in the garage. Cute in an ugly kind of way.
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