Jordan Lake: Osprey don’t often fish in the reedy/grassy shallow areas of the lake. Osprey will take just about any species of fish but seem to prefer the longer-bodied fish (bass, catfish) over the more round-bodied fish such as this bluegill. That may be a factor of what fish species are found here in Jordan Lake or it may be that it is easier for the Osprey to actually physically grab the longer bodied fish. Note that the Osprey has his foot wrapped totally around the bluegill. By the way this is a dad Osprey who took this bluegill back to his three fledglings who met him at the nest and each demanded the fish for its own meal. His daughter won the fish.
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Lovely photos, Ellen!🌞
I don’t know much about birds: haven’t seen an Osprey here, in England.
(Not sure if there are any?)
There are some ospreys in England – there has been a lot of work done to restore the osprey to the British Isles. see https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/visit/where-see-wildlife/where-see-spring-wildlife/ospreys