i knew that this must happen often because they are primarily fish-eaters, but somehow this is the first i’ve seen it.
I’ve heard that a LOT of eagles actually drown because they refuse to let go of fish that are too strong for them. So as much as this looks like ‘silly eagle, you don’t belong there’, this one was actually pretty smart for letting go
It’s not a matter of smart necessarily. Raptor talons are “ratcheting” - they clamp down and it’s very hard for the bird to let go - their literal foot anatomy can drown them. It’s especially a problem for baby osprey.
he didn’t let go? he’s holdin the fishy w his foot