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Osprey — the ultimate fisher

By Slickrock Adventures on April 25, 2012

Ospreys are one of the most widespread raptors in our hemisphere, and can be found almost anywhere there is water. Belize is no exception, and hosts a healthy population of this majestic predator, often called the Fish Eagle.

On Long Caye we have several nesting pairs of Ospreys which we observe every day fishing, fighting off competitors, and guarding their nests as they raise their young. Ospreys are particulary agressive while they have chicks in the nest, and are often seen warding off innocent birds such as pelicans, herons, and other large birds in addition to their enemies the Frigate birds and other competing ospreys. A near constant battle in the skies above the island takes place every day.

The island Ospreys also enjoy bountiful fishing around our island, and one can easily watch them as they constantly stalk and catch fish. Watch this amazing short film of Ospreys fishing, it has a particluarly good section in slow motion of how these birds grab their prey underwater.