Bit Off More Than She Could Chew

This Osprey pulled a very large stick (seven or eight feet long) out of a tree and tried to fly with it. It dragged her to the ground, and she made several attempts to fly away with it again before getting discouraged. Then someone hit a golf ball right next to her. She stared at the ball for a minute and then flew away.

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11 Responses to Bit Off More Than She Could Chew

  1. Margaret Smith says:

    Wonderful sequence to capture and funnier than a dog trying to get a long stick through a narrow gap!
    She is probably very used to golf balls and golfers.
    Thanks for sharing it.

  2. BobW in NC says:

    Great sequence! Thanks! Been a biologist all my life, but nature never ceases to surprise and amaze me!

  3. fah says:

    Clearly global warming made the stick too big and is seriously threatening osprey nest building.

  4. shempus says:

    AGW killing Ospreys’ nesting capabilities. Dagnabit!

  5. Rah says:

    When they fish and make a catch Osprey will turn a large fish so it creates the minimum wind resistance as they fly.

  6. JohnBUK says:

    Rah, agreed. We were on Whidbey Island, Puget Sound and saw an Osprey dive into the sea and come up with a large fish. It adjusted it so it was facing forward and flew off with it tucked underneath like a missile.

  7. Rosco says:

    Seen this ?

    http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/australian-birds-of-prey-have-harnessed-the-use-of-fire-to-flush-out-their-prey/

    http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/australia/why-these-birds-carry-flames-in-their-beaks.aspx

    The raptors pick up burning twigs and dump them in unburnt forest/grassland deliberately spreading wildfires to flush out prey.

    Rural firefighters are reporting they have observed this behaviour.

  8. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Maybe she should build her nest out of golf clubs instead?

    Here in Australia golf balls are not safe as the crows think they are eggs and fly away with them.

  9. RAH says:

    Here you go. Excellent short video of Osprey fishing. Small fish and big. They really are amazing.

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