Photo: Osprey & Its Prey Fly Over North Shore

March 26, 2014

During our travels on Sunday [Mar 23], we caught the photo below of an Osprey bird with a fish firmly gripped in its talons while flying over Wreck Hill, North Shore.

An occasional visitor to Bermuda, the Osprey’s diet consists almost exclusively of fish which they pluck from the water after swooping down.

osprey bird bermuda 2014

Ospreys — which can have a wingspan up to 5 or 6 ft — hunt by diving to the water’s surface from some 30 to 100 feet up, according to National Geographic.

The birds, which are sometimes confused with eagles, have gripping pads on their feet to help them pluck fish from the water with their curved claws and carry them for great distances.

In flight, ospreys will orient the fish headfirst to ease wind resistance.

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  1. Kim Smith says:

    What a great shot!

  2. Redman says:

    Awesome Picture. Poor Bream, dinner is served though.

  3. sickle says:

    Awesome shot!

  4. Dee Dee says:

    Is that a bream?

  5. OpenMind1609 says:

    Spectacular, and fantastic photography!

  6. Jon says:

    Awesome shot!!!!