Ospreys go in, I mean often way deep under water when fishing.
The dive picks up a lot of water on the body of the osprey.
Water weighs 8.35 pounds per gallon.
Flight calls for a bird without an excess load to haul into the air.
Ospreys do a shake to shed the excess water. The shake is just like what a wet dog does.
The shake starts at the beak and twists through to the tail.
Here you can see the osprey is ahead of the spray and the shake has gotten almost to the tail feathers.
The sky over the Haw River, as it exited the Jordan Lake Dam, was full of fishing ospreys, gulls and cormorants.
A piercing whistle alert by one of the ospreys caused every bird in the air to scatter.
I knew the whistle meant there was an eagle coming.
I turned and there was this beautiful 3-year-old bald eagle.
As I tracked the eagle I could hear the continuing alarm calls of the ospreys.
The eagle ignored all of us and crossed to the north and disappeared.
The morning was grey and I didn’t have long to stay at the riprap.
In among the gulls cruising above the tailrace an osprey appeared.
The determined bird made a single pass over the river and banked hard.
So hard that I didn’t catch up with the osprey until it had caught its fish.