Our young ospreys are trying their hand at hunting. As I was on the bridge at the Narrows Friday, I noticed one of the chicks flying low. It must have spotted a fish and decided to try catching his own lunch. The chick “belly flopped” into the water and went under a little bit. He did not succeed in catching a fish, but you have to admire its courage in taking the plunge.
Mature ospreys show off their fishing technique with a beautiful dive straight down into the water. They have gripping pads on their feet to help them pluck fish with their curved claws.
All three were in the nest this morning eating fish, and I’m guessing mom or dad delivered it. It must have been a catfish because they were struggling with the skin.