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Comment: Ospreys are fish-eating hawks that plunge feet first into the
water to catch fish. Is is true that occassionally an osprey will latch
onto a fish that is too big/heavy for it to lift from the water and ends
up drowning? Supposedly, these birds have feet that "lock" into their
prey and fishermen sometimes catch fish with the remnant bones/tendons
still locked into the back of the living fish.

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BullNFBSK. If the fish is too big for them to get airborne, they drop it.

I've seen it. Ospreys are cool. [Smile]

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I've seen plenty of ospreys go down into the water and come up either with a carryable fish or with no prey, but I've never seen one go down and not come up. Of course this doesn't mean they couldn't ever get harmed by their prey or snag on something under the water.
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Kinda a cool image, but problematic (of course). If the claws lock up, how does the bird ever release its prey to eat it?

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It seems to be the accepted norm that Ospreys are prone to being lumbered with too heavy a fish. It seems they have been known to swim to safety, be rescued by firefighters with fish still in their talons and even skeletons of the birds being recovered still attached to fish - if it's a legend it's a deep-seated one...

The claws don't 'lock' Dogwater, they have scales that act as barbs so the fish is stuck fast in it's grip, which i'm sure it has no problem removing under normal circumstances but I guess it's feasible that from time to time they get too good a grip and cannot free themselves before the weight of the fish causes the bird to hit the water - it would only take a second or two to occur and by this time it may well be too late. Interesting stuff...

Cool shot.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jay Tea:
...The claws don't 'lock' Dogwater, they have scales that act as barbs so the fish is stuck fast in it's grip, which i'm sure it has no problem removing under normal circumstances but I guess it's feasible that from time to time they get too good a grip and cannot free themselves before the weight of the fish causes the bird to hit the water - it would only take a second or two to occur and by this time it may well be too late. Interesting stuff...

Oh, I assumed that they didn't. I was trying to pose a question directed at the OP. In other words...OK, nice rumor, but if they lock so much that the bird is dragged to its death-- as the OP claims -- how would they ever unlock? My attempt was to discredit that idea.

Dog-- posting under the influence of cough syrup again -- water

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