Thursday, January 23, 2014

Osprey Calls and Eats Fish in the Backyard



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Video: Osprey Calls and Eats Fish in the Backyard

It was exciting to have an Osprey (also called Fish Hawk or Fish Eagle) bring a fish to a tree behind the Backyard and proceeds to eat it and make some great calls over the next 30 minutes. This video shows the beginning and end and I do mean the business end - with the best calls! This was mid afternoon and the light and angle wasn't perfect, but the big raptor was close and enjoying the fish so much that it paid me no mind. It was a treat to be able to watch this magnificent bird for over 30 minutes. Near the end it lets fly some serious poop so be prepared. The third biggest raptor to visit the backyard after the eagles and turkey vultures. I have never been able to film an Eagle's visit however. The Osprey is one of my favorites as it eats only fish from the drainage canals and lake in the conservation area behind the Backyard and I like to fish as well!

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