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!!!

One Spot the male osprey came in and did a slow cruise past me and filled up my lens! I noted that his front was messy – he’d probably been feeding fish to his chicks and that can be a messy affair. He would probably stop in a few minutes and do a head to toe grooming as it isn’t the safest thing to fly with dirty feathers. Birds are more fastidious about cleanliness than cats.

Ace the DareDevil father Osprey took a calculated risk and dared the river waters flowing between the walls of the tailrace to go fishing.  He appeared out over the lake, flew over the top of the dam, without hesitation dropped in-between the walls, and caught a rather large fish for his chicks.  The fish probably weighs about 2 pounds … Dad Osprey weighs somewhere about 4 pounds.  Awesome feat of fishing!  GO ACE GO!!!
PS: the green tint to the lower right of the slides is actually the leaves of some grass between my lens and the action.