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Old 01-24-2013, 08:16 PM   #111
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I've always heard that they carry the fish aligned parallel to their body with the head pointing forward, but for whatever reason, I've always thought of that as more folklore than fact. Yet, there it is - in living color! Nice shot!
I'd never heard of that but...
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I never knew that, but now that I see you say that I can confirm that every time I see them carrying a fish the fish are facing forward. I just figured they were giving the fish a last look at the world that they will soon be departing....lol.
...I was surprised when I first saw the photo (or one like it)...shocked actually...but when I thought about it, it makes sense that it would likely approach a fish from behind, match is speed, and then pluck it from the water, so, it seems that forward-facing position makes sense...but it still looks odd/amazing.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:37 PM   #112
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Oh yes, Osprey carry their catch that way. Maybe it enables them to fly easier than if they're fumbling with a big fish in one talon.
Another good point, aerodynamics.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:33 AM   #113
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it makes sense that it would likely approach a fish from behind, match is speed, and then pluck it from the water, so, it seems that forward-facing position makes sense
Osprey in my experience cannot really "chase" a fish per se. They need to surprise attack it because a fish's first defense instinct in to swim deeper, and the osprey can't really go very deep (at most, I would think, their body length - I have seen them go almost completely under water, but never totally so as to disappear).
Once they actually do grab a fish, they specifically reposition it so it's facing forward, precisely for aerodynamics. It makes a big difference when flying
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I wonder how many tail slaps to the face also led them to realize the tail is better off at the backside...lol. Even when they eat the fish their grasp stays well away from the tail.
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I have watched as Osprey appear to chase a specific fish, coming down behind it with talons outstretched, and when they miss, the Osprey re-positions itself attacks again. But they do seem to have the wanted fish in sight.
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