Aerodynamic Transport


This week’s photo, taken August 31, 2015 from the Edmonds pier in Edmonds, WA, features an OSPREY transporting a fish the most efficient way – aerodynamically.

When an OSPREY catches a fish, soon after it takes flight again, it repositions its catch to cut down on drag. That’s a smart way to conserve energy, and it’s an especially important strategy for Osprey. Since they often catch good-sized fish, when they aim the head of the fish forward, they can fly faster and arrive on time for dinner, which is paramount since they are bringing the main course.

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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3 Responses to Aerodynamic Transport

  1. Ann Sorenson says:

    I love your brand of humor

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Deborah says:

    Once, on my birthday, an adult osprey and three young ones learning to fish flew directly over my head. I told a native American friend about it, and he said that I should take the osprey as my totem bird…so I did.

  3. Mary Friestedt says:

    Nice photo, Joe, and good info as always. Hope all is going well for you. It sounds like it is!



    Sent from my iPhone


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