The Ultimate Fisher

Spectacular footage of an Osprey going fishing! Take a look and this wonderful bird in action. (Thanks Dick!)

This is truly incredible video. I can’t believe this Osprey got 5-6 fish at a time, then got a flounder under 3′ of water, and then made off with what looks to be a 5+ lb. steelhead. I’ve never seen a bird shake water off like a dog does – wouldn’t want to get in the way of him when he’s got his eyes locked and his talons in the “load” position!

There are 3 sequences in this one video:

  • 1st sequence he catches half a dozen fish in one strike
  • 2nd sequence he plunges talons into deep water right to the bottom to grab his prey
  • 3rd sequence he captures a big old fat fish that looks as if it weighs more than he does

Wonderful footage of an osprey catching fish. View more osprey videos at www.arkive.org/osprey

Hovering at moderate height, the osprey dramatically plunges down feet first to snatch fish from the water’s surface. A shake of the head as it emerges from the water; the osprey carries its skilfully captured prey with its long talons.

More osprey videos can be found on www.arkive.org, along with videos of other birds of prey, fish and thousands more fascinating species.

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