The Diet

The Osprey Diet

Fish make up 99% of the Osprey’s diet, typically a fish about 1 foot long, weighing up to 4 pounds. (Now, that’s a meal)  

Ospreys have vision that is well adapted to detecting underwater objects from the air.  Prey is first sighted when the Osprey is 32–130 ft above the water, after which the bird hovers momentarily then plunges feet first into the water.

That’s right – 130 feet above the water.

Occasionally, the Osprey may prey on rodents, rabbits, amphibians, other birds.  I have seen them circle around my dog,  investigating this 25 pound potential meal.


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