There are large number of species of births who catch fishes and osprey are one of them. Do you know how does the Osprey catch fishes? Let’s find out the fact how does the osprey catch fishes.
How does the Osprey catch fishes
The Osprey is a bird of prey that specializes in catching fishes. You can see this by looking at its feet. Instead of the usual bird of prey arrangement of three front toes and one rear, the Osprey has two at the front and two at the rear, all of equal length.
Each toe bears a razor-sharp talon curved downwards, and underneath a patch of special spine-like scales. Both these futures enable the Osprey to grasp fishes securely, however slippery. The Osprey circles slowly over water looking out for fishes just below the surface.
Once the prey is spotted, the Ospery hovers for a moment, and then plunges downwards. Just before hitting the water it swings its feet forwards to grab the fish. It struggles for a moment to rise again and then flaps up from the surface with its prey held firmly in a vice-like grip.
How many young are reared?
Two eggs are usually laid by the Golden Eagles, the second within a few days of the first. One eaglet is therefore slightly bigger than the other. If food is scarce the stronger will bully the weaker of the two to the extent that it eventually dies.
The stronger bird therefore has a better chance of survival during the periods when its parents are unable to find much food. If food is plentiful, both eaglets survive.
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