Hovering Style of Hunting
We took our annual trip to Treasure Island, FL after Christmas to enjoy some beach time and warmer weather. Our two boys battled illnesses for the trip but we still enjoyed the time there. I got some time in the mornings to do some beach birding.
Two types of birds that were very active fishing in the morning were the Ospreys, and the Terns(Royal Tern and Common Tern). They use a very similar hunting style. Both hover over the water looking down to locate a fish.
When they spot a fish, the terns lead with their long beak and dive into the water. The Ospreys lead with their sharp talons and plunge into the water too.
The Bald Eagle uses a different approach. Here is a Eagle perched by the Hudson River looking for a fish on the surface. The much larger eagle uses the perch then fly when a fish is locate approach. They usually just get their talons wet while the terns and Ospreys submerge most of their entire body into the water. They use very different approaches but both are very effective in catching fish.