Jordan Lake: This osprey youngster is one of this year’s fledglings. The male osprey has caught himself a nice sized fish. He is certainly perfecting his fishing skills!

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.

Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River, Friday, August 7, 2020.  The Haw River within the riprap was full of striped bass.  The ospreys were feasting!  This male osprey made quite a large catch.  To my eye it seemed that there was as much fish as there was bird as the osprey flew past.

Not One but TWO! Yes, two fish at the same time. One in each talon. The osprey tried hard to hold onto both fish, but, one got away; you can see the fish drop away. I believe this is a subadult male – about 2-years-old – and still without a mate. As strong and determined as he is, he probably won’t have trouble finding a suitable mate late next winter. WOW! Two at Once!!!