One last osprey picture for this season: Most osprey (Pandion haliaetus) that breed in North America winter in Central and South America. Almost all of the osprey that I followed this summer have departed, with only one or two stragglers still around.
Osprey eat a diet consisting almost exclusively of live fish. They can often be seen carrying fish. Osprey fly with the fish aligned head first to reduce air resistance. While watching the osprey, I would see birds carry a fish to the nest and then carry it away again. During migration, osprey will sometimes carry a fish with them – a meal on the wing.
I always anxiously await the spring return of osprey to Crystal Lake (Shasta County CA) where this photograph was taken.