Got Wet, But Didn’t Get A Fish

This past weekend I was watching an osprey hunting fish in the marsh pond. At one point he dove down and hit the water hard and it took him a couple of seconds to begin to emerge. At first only his head and wings came up as he struggled to get airborne again. I expected to see a fish in his talons but as the osprey cleared the water I saw that he came up empty this time. The osprey had only wet feathers to show for this dive, and I can’tย be certain, butย it seemed to me that he had a look of disgust on his face as he took off out of the water.ย 

Osprey Gets Wet But No Fish

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Osprey Gets Wet But No Fish

Osprey Gets Wet But No Fish

Osprey Gets Wet But No Fish

Osprey Gets Wet But No Fish

46 thoughts on “Got Wet, But Didn’t Get A Fish

  1. WOW. I can’t decide what photo I like best – maybe the 2nd for its artistic composition and prefectly splashed water drops in the air, but the rest of the pics show his face and peeveness even better. Inspiring to watch. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Stunning sequence Phil. Gives you some idea of the immense power and strength it must take to get airborn again from a dive like this, even more so with a heavy fish in tow. Incredible.

  3. Another fine series, Phil. The look of determination on the Osprey’s face defined by those strong orange yellow eyes is riveting. I guess even a superior predator like this whiffs occasionally.

  4. A great look at the fishing process and how really into the water the bird gets. It does seem that lift off would take great effort from the water like that. The eyes really have it in this series too!!

    • Funny I had thoughts of a very annoyed wet cat too when I looked at these, except these guys have even longer and sharper claws. Not good to be around one if it’s very mad at you.

  5. As usual, you took great shots!. I didn’t realize the Osprey went right under water like that. I thought they just put their talons in and grabbed. He’s probably hoping the eagle didn’t see this incident, so he can be teased about it. lol

    • It happens so fast I didn’t realize how it has to right itself and start the extraction and takeoff process being mostly under the water. That’s got to take some energy I’m thinking.

  6. A great series of action shots! I’ve wondered how often this happens. That looks like one grouchy osprey in the last photo!

    • Thanks Sylvia, glad you liked these. The first time I ever saw an osprey hit the water right in front of me and the huge splash, then those massive wings come out I realized that is a good size bird!

    • The whole sequence from circle to hover to dive and splash was quite a sight.
      I don’t believe I have seen an osprey just taking a bath, eagles yes, but not osprey.
      This bird did have some bright eyes for sure.

  7. Wow. I can imagine that the force with which the osprey hits the water is pretty substantial–it’s no wonder that he might be a little shook up for a second. You really convey well the power and the beauty of this amazing bird (and a sense of frustration, in this case).

    • The first time I ever saw an osprey hit the water right in front of me and the huge splash, then those massive wings come out I realized how big and powerful these birds really are!
      Felt sorry he missed the fish though.
      Thanks Mike.

  8. The first one really funny, made me laugh… but how great all these shots… How I love your photography with them… Everything happens in minutes there and you took all moments by your camera. You are amazing dear Phil. Thank you, love, nia

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