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Fish Eagles

I have been on the water a bit this week.  It is fall and the “fish eagles”, more appropriately ospreys, are definitely migrating through the state right now.  While fishing, every now and then my partners and I have heard a big splash and glanced over to see an osprey flying away with a fish.  Yes, they are strictly predators of fish, yes, fish I could be catching, but they do not get a lot and they sure are interesting to watch.  I love how they turn the fish head-first into the wind as they fly away.  It is a lot easier for them to fly with a fish aerodynamically facing forward–looks like a bomber carrying a torpedo.

Yes, I very much intend to catch fish every time I am on the water, but watching the ospreys and all the other wildlife certainly add to the experience.  And, you know what?  By being observant, you will learn more and catch more fish too!

This is a great time to be out hunting, fishing, and just enjoying the time outdoors.  Make sure you spend every minute you can on the water or in the field this fall!  And, keep your eyes peeled and your ears open!

Osprey_(Pandion_haliaetus)_with_fish,_in_Morro_Bay,_CA
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About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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