The Osprey: Magnificent and Irksome

If this post were a motion picture, it would be rated at least PG-13 for gore. Consider yourself warned!

The Osprey, also known as the sea eagle or fish hawk, is a magnificent bird of prey whose diet consists of 99% fish. This bird grows to approximately 2 feet long and has a wing span of up to 6 feet. They truly are majestic to watch. They have a peculiar way of catching fish. They can spot there prey from over 100 ft. in the air, then dive down into the water, at the last second, bringing their feet forward under their chin, making a feet-first entry into the water, clutching the unsuspecting fish with their talons.

The Beautiful Bother atop our mast this morning

The Beautiful Bother atop our mast this morning

The hawk with his prey atop a neighbor's mast.

The hawk with his prey atop a neighbor’s mast.

All this is wonderful… unless the osprey decides to use the top of your mast as his dining table. This is because the osprey is a sloppy eater. I did not discover that on any National Geographic special or at Wikipedia. No, I’ve discovered that first hand. Yesterday, while I was at work, Cindy was doing battle with an osprey who desired to dine atop our mast. She didn’t seek to harm the beautiful creature, only to scare him off to enjoy his meal atop someone else’s boat. Ultimately, she lost. He would fly away, only to return a few moments later to enjoy his seafood. What follows are depictions of the aftermath of an osprey enjoying his meal atop your mast, using the deck of your boat as a basin to catch the leftovers of his messy meal.

Awful Offal

Awful Offal

Miscellaneous (apparently inedible) fish parts

Miscellaneous (apparently inedible) fish parts

More fish offal

More fish offal

The blood-spattered deck of our boat looks like the scene of some gory slaughter

The blood-spattered deck of our boat looks like the scene of some gory slaughter

Our osprey encounters illustrate once again the nature of living close to nature, the agony and the ecstasy of life aboard a boat. We are blessed to see these magnificent creatures up close like few others are, but, alas, we have to clean up after them. (Editorial note: Let it be noted that last evening, while I worked, Cindy was doing janitorial duty for the ospreys, washing down the deck).

4 thoughts on “The Osprey: Magnificent and Irksome

  1. GROSS!!! I hope Cindy hid inside so she didn’t get anything dropped on her! I guess there are good things AND bad things about living on a catamaran!ha That is definitely one of the BAD-ha

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