Osprey dive at somewhere between 30-50 mph on average.
The dive goes like this:
Fish spotted and instant flight path changed from horizontal to vertical.
Picking up diving speed by becoming completely vertical.
Preparing horizontal attack path.
Plow into the water.
Climbing out of the water.
Heading home with breakfast.
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 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.
Yesterday we had one Osprey at the Jordan Lake Dam. Today we have two.
Yesterday the osprey was a male and today the flier is a female.
I heard the osprey calling before I saw her.
What a beautiful necklace she is wearing!