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    Default Re: Damage to rainbow trout .

    Quote Originally Posted by aenoon View Post
    Ospreys have four talons on each leg, three at front, one at back, designed to grip the prey with front and back "locking in". If the back one and the front ones line up, it looks like a hole right through fish, but often isnt, just looks that way. Hence my hole right through it statement.
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    How does it grab it by the belly?

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    Default Re: Damage to rainbow trout .

    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Fishy View Post
    How does it grab it by the belly?

    Col
    Same way it grabs it by the back!
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    Default Re: Damage to rainbow trout .

    Quote Originally Posted by aenoon View Post
    Same way it grabs it by the back!
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    How's that work? The osprey is coming down, skywards from above the fish. The fish is upright in the water. Its back is skywards; its belly below it. When the osprey strikes, its talons go into the fish's back.

    How would a talon go through the fish's belly???

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    Default Re: Damage to rainbow trout .

    Never seen an Osprey in real life but watching slow motion documentaries they appear to descend at an angle with talons outstretched to strike from the side often as not. Only one bit of film I have seen shows then descending vertically and that was when hunting flounder in shallow water.

    Plenty of pictures out there but can't seem to post them, invalid file?.
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    Default Re: Damage to rainbow trout .

    I had the pleasure of watching a osprey taking a fish from croswood resivoir some years back, i was with my sons bait fishing so I had the luxury of watching the full show.
    The osprey come down near vertical and picked up the fish there was quite a ripple on the water i was quite amazed at how the osprey could target a fish in such conditions.
    I don't know if nest was just back from the resivoir in the pine trees but that's where It went with the fish.

    Al

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    Default Re: Damage to rainbow trout .

    Quote Originally Posted by bumble54 View Post
    Never seen an Osprey in real life but watching slow motion documentaries they appear to descend at an angle with talons outstretched to strike from the side often as not. Only one bit of film I have seen shows then descending vertically and that was when hunting flounder in shallow water.

    Plenty of pictures out there but can't seem to post them, invalid file?.
    It's maybe not perfectly 90 degrees vertical, but it's a lot more from above than from the side. I've watched it plenty times. Its three front talons have to reach over the back of the fish, if it is to get a grip.

    Here is a sequence I shot at Carron Valley Reservoir a couple of years ago. Stockie rainbow - must have been near its payload limit, as it gave it a bit of bother, getting it out the water.










































    I'm struggling to work out the logistics of it putting its rear talon through a fish's belly???

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    Default Re: Damage to rainbow trout .

    There are pictures of fish being held upside down and sideways but I can't seem to post them no matter what I try.
    I'm not saying the wound on the fish in the OP is caused by an Osprey just that it is possible.
    I watched a Heron spear a Rainbow from the side at Derwent reservoir some years back before dropping it.
    Wounds can be caused by many things, I even had a Gudgeon in a cold water tank who's stomach inexplicably exploded.
    Anyway it's all speculation as no one saw how it happened and we are all just playing detective at the scene of crime looking for someone to pin it on.

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    Default Re: Damage to rainbow trout .

    Quote Originally Posted by bumble54 View Post
    ...we are all just playing detective at the scene of crime looking for someone to pin it on.
    It was a cormorant what done it!
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    Default Re: Damage to rainbow trout .

    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Fishy View Post
    It was a cormorant what done it!
    In the library?, with the candlestick?.

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    Default Re: Damage to rainbow trout .

    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Fishy View Post
    It was a cormorant what done it!
    Ask the butler...
    2019 & it will be time for a change.

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