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This Pond Isn’t Big Enough For Both of Us

As I rounded the corner of the pond I could hear an Osprey calling, and finally spotted him perched with a view of the pond and river beyond.

Osprey High in Tree
Osprey High in Tree

Then I saw what he was calling about: Bald Eagle on a fast approach. All the other birds I had seen as I approached were gone.

Eagle Flying In
Eagle Flying In

The Eagle landed a few trees over from the Osprey.

Eagle Flying In
Eagle Flying In

The Osprey wasn’t interested in any competition and buzzed the Eagle.

Osprey Challenging Eagle
Osprey Challenging Eagle

I thought the Eagle would stand his ground — but I guess he wasn’t interested in a rumble right then.

Osprey Challenging Eagle
Osprey Challenging Eagle

I didn’t see the Eagle again; the Osprey made a few menacing laps around the pond with his claws out, ready for something!

Osprey Fly-by, Claws Out
Osprey Fly-by, Claws Out

Hovering Osprey

Two Osprey were flying over the Kiawah River while I was watching the Dolphins on Wednesday.

Hovering Osprey
Hovering Osprey

Osprey are expert hover / divers for fish in the water.

Hovering Osprey
Hovering Osprey

I did not see either of them dive but did enjoy watching the display of their flying skills.

Hovering Osprey
Hovering Osprey

In between stationery hovers they took advantage of the stiff breeze with seemingly effortless swooping.

Hovering Osprey
Hovering Osprey

Hi there!

Hovering Osprey
Hovering Osprey

Shake and Fly

I saw the dive but I didn’t see the Osprey go into the pond to catch this fish as my view was blocked by a tree. Osprey can completely submerge and work really hard to break free of the water, harder if they caught something. Other times I have witnessed this the Osprey would then make a bee-line for a tree or other secure spot to eat.

Osprey with Fish
Osprey with Fish – Shaking off Water

Back in my line of sight he shook several times, lightening his load of the excess water while hanging firmly onto lunch. Then he circled around the pond several times with his catch, undecided about where to go.

Osprey with Fish
Osprey with Fish – Shaking off Water

What he probably knew that I didn’t until a couple minutes later was he was about to be chased by a pair of Bald Eagles hoping to lighten his load. Suddenly he decided to head for the trees and the last I saw of them the Osprey was in the lead.

Osprey with Fish
Osprey with Fish, One Clawed

Osprey With Catch

I had seen a splash up the river where I was watching the Dolphins and thought it might be a strand feeding I had missed. Turns out it was an Osprey using his skills to get lunch!

Osprey with Fish
Osprey with Fish

I was quite surprised when he flew right passed me and continued out to the edge of the ocean where he landed to eat.

Osprey in Flight with Fish
Osprey in Flight with Fish

I had expected him to turn inland and find a tree and some cover. There had been several Pelicans watching him fish and an Eagle flying over–just a couple of characters that would be happy to take his meal away.

Osprey with Fish
Osprey with Fish on Beach

Osprey Catch Of The Day, Part 2

Still wet after his dive to  catch this fish the Osprey shook off then proceeded to consume his meal at a steady pace.

Osprey Eating Fish
Osprey Eating Fish

He started at the head and worked meticulously down the fish. I didn’t see a single piece fall although my attention did waver as this process took about 15 minutes.

Osprey Eating Fish
Osprey Eating Fish – click photo for closer view of his talons

The Osprey’s attention was diverted a couple of times when a Red Shouldered Hawk was calling on the other side of the pond. The Hawk never came close and the Osprey went back to eating.

Osprey Eating Fish
Osprey Looking Around Holding Fish

A foot bridge crosses the pond and I was able to get a different angle out on the bridge.

Osprey Eating Fish
Osprey Eating Fish

I didn’t see him leave and a few minutes later I heard his distinctive call out over a nearby marsh.

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Osprey Catch Of The Day, Part 1

I was idly watching some mallards swim across the big pond at Magnolia Cemetery when I heard the splash. By the time I had him sighted he was out of the water.

Osprey With Fish
Osprey With Fish

Osprey often go completely under when they dive. I’m not sure this pond is deep enough for that but he still had to work very hard to get airborne with his catch.

Osprey With Fish
Osprey With Fish

Finally up in the air, the Osprey hung on to the fish with both feet.

Osprey With Fish
Osprey Flying With Fish

A branch hanging over the water provided a perfect lunch spot with a view.

Osprey With Fish
Osprey with fish ready to eat

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