Ospreys (Fish Hawks 魚鷹, 鹗) in
Action
In my bird watching trips, I have seen ospreys (i.e., fish hawks魚鷹) in action catching fish at several
different places, such as
Cape May Point State Park in southern tip of New Jersey, USA , Edwin B.
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in southern coastal area of New Jersey,
Meadowlands
Environmental Center
in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, Susquehanna River in Maryland, Dutch Gap
Conservation Area in Virginia, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island in Florida Gulf
(west) Coast, Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Maine and  San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in
Irvine, California. The pictures of ospreys in action at these locations that I took are shown in the
following.
天高雲淡,魚鷹遨翔碧空英姿。

Another view of the osprey in flight over the lighthouse pond in Cape May Point State Park at southern tip of
New Jersey
魚鷹姿態優美的迴轉。

An osprey making a sharp turn over the lighthouse pond in Cape May Point State Park
魚鷹展翅飛翔,英姿 威風無比。

An osprey (鹗) in flight over the lighthouse pond in Cape May Point State Park in southern New
Jersey, USA when I visited that area in October 2005.

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Cape May Point State Park
魚鷹確定目標後,縮雙翅,準備開始向下俯衝

An osprey starting to dive down into the lighthouse pond in Cape May Point State Park in southern
New Jersey
魚鷹繼續高速向下俯衝。

An osprey diving down into the pond to catch fish in Cape May Point State Park
魚鷹俯衝而下。

An osprey diving down into the pond to catch fish in Cape May Point State Park
魚鷹抓到魚後冒出水面,預備騰空起飛。

After the splash, the osprey got the fish in its talons but stayed on the water surface in Cape May Point State
Park.

This is very different from the diving of the sea bird, Gannet, which dives as deep as 30 feet down into the
water and use its bill to catch fish deep down under the water as shown on my web pages at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Crossing_Delaware_Bay.html

http://www.shltrip.com/Bonaventure_Island_NP.html

Some gannets catch and eat the fish deep under the water before they re-emerge to water surface to avoid a
lot of hassle and competitions from many other gannets on the water surface.
魚鷹抓着魚展翅飛翔。

An osprey with a big fish in its talons over the impoundments in Meadowlands Environmental Center in
Lyndhurst, New Jersey when I visited that area on September 4, 2006.

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Meadowlands Environmental Center
魚鷹抓到魚後,會以鳥的兩爪扣住魚的身體,且使魚身與該鳥的飛翔方向一致,以減少
在空中飛行的阻力,相當聰明。

Another view of the osprey with the fish over the impoundments in Meadowlands Environmental Center in
Lyndhurst, New Jersey
An osprey with a fish in its talons in Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island in Florida Gulf
(West) Coast when I visited that area in February 2004.  When this osprey first got the fish at the far end of
the lake, there was a bandit big bird chasing this osprey to try to steal the fish. This osprey made a big detour
in its flight path to evade that bandit big bird. I did not know what that bandit big bird was (might be an eagle).

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Ding Daling National Wildlife Refuge
Another view of the osprey with fish in its talons over Meadowlands in New Jersey
Many ospreys were hovering over the lighthouse pond looking for fish in Cape May Point State Park in October
2005.

October is the migratory season when many migratory birds, including osprey, are migrating south to warmer
climate. After being funneled down the narrow Cape May Peninsula to reach the Cape May Point, these
migratory birds face the severe challenge of flying over the 10-mile water of Delaware Bay between Cape May
Point on the New Jersey side and Cape Henlopen on Delaware side. Many ospreys pause their southward
migratory flight and linger in Cape May Point for a while to rest, to eat and to build up their strength before
crossing the Delaware Bay to continue their southward flight. Therefore, October is a good time for bird
watchers to see many ospreys concentrated and hovering over the ponds to catch fish in Cape May Point.
魚鷹在高空定點或巡弋飛行,觀察水面下的動靜。

An osprey hovering in mid air looking down for fish in the pond in Cape May Point State Park in southern New
Jersey
魚鷹快速如爆炸般衝入水裡抓魚,激起飛濺的水花,配合嘩啦的水聲。

The osprey dived into the water and made a big splash on the pond in Cape May Point State Park
An osprey with a fish in its talons perching on a tree  near Conowingo Dam on Susquehanna River in Maryland,
USA.

We visited the
Susquehanna River eagle watching parking lot near Conowingo Dam in northeast Maryland,
USA on April 5, 2007 and saw this osprey in flight with a fish in its talon. We also saw
bald eagles in action
here.

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Conowingo Dam on Susquehanna River

More detailed information for watching many bald eagles near this parking lot near Conowingo Dam is available
on my web page at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Bald_Eagle_P_2.html
3. Diving Osprey to Catch Fish
We visited the Dutch Gap Reservation Area along James River in Virginia on April 6, 2007 and saw this
osprey hovering over the lake looking down for a fish.

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Dutch Gap Reservation Area
1. Osprey in Flight
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魚鷹盤旋後定點,若風箏停滯於空中,高空向下看魚。

Another view of the osprey hovering in mid air looking down for fish in the pond
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In the spring season, osprey often comes to Holmdel Park in New Jersey to catch fish in the pond. When I
was doing walking exercise in Holmdel Park with my camera on April 13, 2014, an osprey show up flying and
hovering over the pond looking for fish to catch. I took several pictures of this osprey in action.
魚鷹自水中將魚帶離水面,開始努力振翅騰空起飛, 向上爬升。

Eventually the osprey dived down to the pond in Holmdel Park in New Jersey, got a fish in its talon
as shown in these two pictures.
An osprey on a post in Pend Oreille River along scenic Highway 20 in northeast Washington State after we
finished our tour of Canadian Rockies in August 2007 and was driving from Canadian rockies to Seattle in
Washington State.

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing Oreille River along Highway 20
魚鷹向下俯衝。

An osprey diving down into the pond in Cape May Point State Park in southern New Jersey
魚鷹在高空定點或巡弋飛行,觀察水面下的動靜。
魚鷹確定目標後,向下俯衝。

An osprey hovering over the pond in Holmdel Park in New Jersey looking down for fish to catch.
On September 29, 2014, I came to Cape May Point State Park in southern New Jersey and saw this osprey
perching on the tree top with a big fish in its talon.
The osprey was busily eating the fish near a pond in Cape May Point State Park in southern New Jersey.
2. Osprey Got a Fish
One of several ospreys in action in Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)  in southern shore of
New Jersey on June 19, 2013.
An osprey got a fish in Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)  in southern shore of New Jersey.
This osprey had a big fish in its talon
and was soaring high over our head
in Edwin B. Forsythe NWR. The 50X
optical zoom of my compact
super-zoom camera helped to get a
close up view.
This osprey is carrying a big fish in its talon coming to land on the top of this roadside telephone
pole near the entrance of Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in
northeastern Chesapeake Bay in
eastern Maryland
.
魚鷹自水中剛起飛的瞬間,將魚帶離水面,開始努力振翅騰空起飛, 向上爬升。

This osprey just got out of water with a fish in its talons at Cape May Point State Park.

Osprey and bald eagle use their talons to cat fish, then perch on a big tree and use their beaks to tear and to
eat the fish. But gannet, heron, egret, puffin, etc. use their bills to catch fish and to eat fish.
5. Ospreys on Nest
A movie clip of osprey in action can be seen at the following website of National Geographic:

http://www3.nationalgeographic.com/animals/video/osprey.html
4. Osprey Hovering in the Air Looking Down for Fish to Catch in Lake and River
An osprey feeding two babies on one of the nests in Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)  in
southern shore of New Jersey.
Another osprey on a nest in  Edwin B. Forsythe NWR.
Two young ospreys on a nest in Edwin B. Forsythe NWR.
Several ospreys on a nest in Moosehorn NWR in Maine, USA.
An osprey was eating a fish held under its talon on a tree top in Viera Wetlands in Florida.
This osprey was flying and hovering over the Firehole River and was looking down for a fish to catch in
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.