Osprey Catching a Goldfish at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 17, 2019

An exciting moment this morning at Greenfield Park was an Osprey stopping by and catching a goldfish for most likely for some young. This Osprey has been seen on and off at the park for the last couple of weeks. It usually stops once in the morning and I guess later in the afternoon too by what others tell me. It is probably still feeding young somewhere close as it takes the food away. The location of the nesting area is not known to anyone that I know. It was a gorgeous morning out doing a little birding with temps around 65 to start, mostly sunny skies with a little breeze. Images were taken on August 17, 2019.

Osprey arrives at the park and starts to hunt for a fish…

Osprey spots something and then circles around…

Still in search of…

The bird takes another loop around then then drops down…

The Osprey makes a splash and then comes with a nice Goldfish…

Heads towards the west with the Goldfish in the talons…

Heads farther west, then does a turn around and then north over me…

Coming towards me and then north…

North…

Great views at this point…

Has a nice grip on this fish and then out of sight…

Osprey at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 18, 2018

A birding stop at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County this morning provided nice views of an adult Osprey. Ospreys are seldom seen at Greenfield Park so it was a real treat. The bird flew in and tried twice for something to eat. The first attempt for food failed but on the second it grabbed a goldfish and left the park. The bird made some flight circles, perched for a couple of minutes and made the grab for the food, that was the show but an exciting one at that. It was pleasant day with partly cloudy skies, low wind, and temps in the mid 70’s early on. Images were taken on August 18, 2018.

The Osprey circling overhead in search for food…

Osprey

Binomial name: Pandion haliaetus

Category: Ospreys

Size: 23” long, 63” wing span

Weight: 3.5 lb

Circling and looking…

The Osprey coming up from the first failed attempt for food at the pond…

Gaining height…

This powerful bird is also called a sea hawk, river hawk, and fish hawk with those large talons…

Off to do some more hunting…

All fluffed up and stabilizing itself here…

Looking around…

Just perched…

More circling…

Circling…

A tense look, then more circling…

Looks like a Cooper’s Hawk chasing the Osprey, if I am incorrect on the ID, please let me know. Thank you!

I missed the catch as it was in front of a building at the pond…but here the Osprey is flying off in a distance with its meal…