We have had several ospreys in the pond area lately taking advantage of the fish which we often see jumping out there. We also have a pair of bald eagles that are frequently seen standing in trees at the back edge of the marsh. The eagles are more then happy to sit around and let the osprey do all the work, and then come swooping in like a pirate to plunder the goods!
Earlier this week an osprey plucked a small fish out of the marsh pond and it wasn’t a huge surprise to see an eagle come flying in with the intention of relieving the osprey of it’s catch. A mid air battle ensued and although the ospreys will use every evasive maneuver in their playbook, they generally are no match for the larger and more aggressive bald eagle. So, as is typically the case, this osprey was coerced into giving up and dropping it’s fish…and if you look carefully at the last two photos you can see the fish about to be scooped up by the victorious bald eagle.