Sunday, February 12, 2012

Flying Fish????

I know this has nothing to do with the Life Ride but I couldn't help myself.

About 1/2 mile from the place where I work , the Santa Ana river runs past bringing the mountain snow run-off to the ocean. Also nearby are a number of large lakes that serve as settling ponds for that river water. These lakes are filled and the water then slowing seeps into the water table serving the surrounding cities.

Anyway, a while back I came out to my car and found the following in the middle of our large parking lot. As you can see, it was not a good day for this fish. Yes indeed, that is the back end of a fish!

I suspected 'fowl' play in this fish-out-of-water caper but my suspicions were not confirmed until last week. I was leaving work just before sundown and sitting up on a light pole was a large Osprey. This Osprey looked to be very occupied with something down around his feet.

I took up my trusty point and shoot and approached the light pole for a closer look. Well, this Osprey was not happy that I was interrupting the chore at hand, or should I say feet and beak. After some rather rude and loud squawking, Mr. Feathered Attitude decided to relocate to a different perch (pun intended).

I was incredibly lucky to have my camera at the ready and caught this image of the fast getaway. You can clearly see the precious payload to be another rather large fish taken from one of the nearby waterways.

This Osprey has a wingspan of probably around 4-5 feet so it was impressive seeing him/her flap into the sunset.

Hope you enjoyed the case of the flying fish. Case Closed!


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