I apologize for the delay folks. I usually post during the weekend but, this time, I got stuck on a technical issue which I really had to fix for this particular post. Enjoy!
A couple of weeks ago I showed you pictures of an osprey on a branch. Last weekend I was lucky enough to see an osprey flying off the lake with a fish in its claws. He was far away, and I tried to take pictures but the focusing system of my camera didn’t cooperate. However upon walking up the lake shore as I approached that very same tree where I took the osprey pictures I showed you a couple of weeks ago, I found out that he was right there on the very same branch eating the fish. So, I took a few pictures, and then I thought, “why not shoot a video of this unusual event”. So, the photo gallery only has 3 pics.
But I am adding a high-res, very detailed 12 minutes video. It took me a whole day to make this video as good as I could. I hope you will like it.
If you watch the whole thing, you will see a few interesting things. For one, the osprey rips off the flesh of the fish, but he has to do that holding the fish in one claw while he holds onto the branch with the other. This is quite an acrobatic way of having dinner. Every once in a while he has to open his wings to regain his balance. At these moments, you get a good idea of the wide spread of his wings.
Then you will see that this osprey sometimes tries to eat something that just won’t go down. Probably some fish bones. One thing we can be sure of is that he will throw it up even if it gets in, as you have seen in the pictures on my previous osprey post.
I grabbed me a cup of coffee and watched 🙂 What I wonder is that it seems that because of the way he was set up he could not work at the flanks where I would think most of the meat was. And when he grabbed that fin I was like “Don’t eat that” but he threw it back up. He also was not interested I saw in that long string shaped thing. As I was drinking my coffee neither was I 😀 Great video 🙂
Thank you very much for these detailed observations. I am glad you found it interesting.
I think that photo of the osprey with the wings spread is your best yet.
Thank you!! 😀