Troutbirder II

Troutbirder II
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Friday, August 26, 2011

The Osprey

She is osprey a.k.a. "The Fish Hawk. She ranges over much of North America, wherever lakes and river are to be found. About 3/4 the size of Bald Eagle, her rival and competitor, she out fishes him and does not emulate his willingness to scavenge and steal.
When I was starting up my blog in 2008, I came across the following picture. It gave me the idea I needed for naming my blog. I saw my favorite hobby, flyfishing for trout and my newest one, birding..... thus troutbirder.
She is not very common here on the plains of southern Minnesota nor in the hills and valleys where I live in the southeast corner of the state. The so called "Bluff Country." She can be found amidst the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes and rivers to the north of us. I saw many many of her kind in Florida where she both winters and resides year around. Take a look at this magnificent preditor in action........



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24 comments:

  1. We think we saw an osprey a couple of times last Sunday while we were canoeing on a lake north of us. We also saw a double rainbow. The end of the rainbow was at the canoe!

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  2. What PHENOMENAL videography! Fabulous! Do you think that humongous "meal for five" made it back to the nest??

    Anyway, need I add, for a wonderful osprey hit, Yellowstone and the Tetons are just the ticket when it's too hot go to Florida :-)

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  3. We have them here in summer on the big impoundments such as Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Also at Reelfoot. I once saw one being harried and bumped by a bald eagle trying to steal the osprey's fish. This was at Meaher State Park near Mobile.

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  4. I had someone send that to me and enjoyed looking at the variety of films they had.I love to watch them plummmet into the water.

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  5. What an awesome video.....breathtaking.
    Thanks.

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  6. she'd be pleased to be the inspiration behind your blog name. :)

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  7. Incredible video! I love the part where is looks like she is sky surfing the fish :) Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  8. Pretty common hereabouts and my second favorite raptor to watch (black shouldered kites being my all time faves)

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  9. The picture and video are both amazing. This is a magnificent bird.

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  10. What an amazing video! I had no idea they dip that deeply in the water. I had thought they took fish only at the surface. Thanks for sharing this one.

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  11. Wow, that was an amazing video. That one fish looked as big as the Osprey!

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  12. You know I love the birds!! :)
    Happy Saturday friend!
    xo Catherine

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  13. That is one big fish! I had no idea they would be able to catch something that big. I really like the name of your blog; it's fun to find out how it came about.

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  14. My gosh that is a great picture! and i love the explanation of your name!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Leontien

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  15. Wonderful video, but it left me with questions~ Where is "she" taking her catch? When she caught so many at first, I wondered if she was feeding babies?

    And what about that lunker trout? I loved how she had to haul with one leg and balance with the other (kind of like carrying a 5-gallon bucket!)! :-)

    btw: I just responded to your comment about the oriole having just been at your house. I wrote, "No wonder "she" was so patient, her wings were tired!" And THEN, the word verification (I kid you not!) was "wings!" Fun!!

    Are you getting rain, yet??

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  16. Nice post and video link--ospreys are a great success story in environmental restoration. Remember seeing my first one, being awed, and having NO idea what the heck it was.

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  17. The osprey with prey photo is amazing, TB! Thank you for sharing it with us. Easy to see how it could inspire your blog title; it is just plain inspirational.

    Have enjoyed browsing the posts I missed while we were "computerless". It's good to feel connected again.

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  18. I have never seen one..so I really enjoyed the video. The one near the end certainly picked a large trout and what a struggle to fly with such a heavy load.
    It is interesting how we get the names for our blogs..yours suits you!
    We used you nail on the board idea for the high tech supplies for cutting corn..it worked great:)

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  19. The video was breathtaking...I mean that literally. Well worth watching.

    I've always wondered about the name Troutbirder....now I know the rest of the story.

    Thanks for visiting my blog again.

    donna

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  20. Kia ora TB,
    How uncomplicated fishing can be with razor sharp vision and claws, not to mention the ability to fly and swoop. Incredible.
    Cheers,
    Robb

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  21. Thanks for your recent visit to my posting...because of that I have spent time learning and laughing with you. "Biking with Bill" had me in stitches.

    The osprey are an everyday presence here on John's Bay in Maine. They nest on the hillsides and islands nearby.

    The other night a bald eagle flew over our front yard with an osprey in hot pursuit.

    They may be common here this time of year, but I never take their presence for granted.

    All joys to you,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  22. They are a strong hunter as they should be as it is how they feed themselves. That is a great photo.

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  23. If you want to see lots of osprey, come to Maine. We even have them nesting right off Route 1. I love watching them fish. Very cool footage in that clip too, especially that underwater shot. Fun to hear the story behind your blog title too.

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  24. What a great shot of the osprey. It is a nice depiction of a "troutbirder"!

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