But the reality was quite different and illustrates how human actions, even those which are unintentional, can affect our feathered friends.
We were observing this wonderful Osprey from our vehicle parked at the side of the road at a southern dive site. We didn’t see the Osprey make the catch, but we saw it precariously perched on the top of a rock protruding from the surface in the surf zone. It was literally on a little island, water all around. The parrotfish was heavy…..very possibly heavier than the Osprey!
As we watched from a respectful distance, we saw this Osprey trying to lift off to get its catch to a better location where it could eat in peace. It was having a difficult time trying to take off vertically, just like a helicopter. Even with its huge, powerful wings, it couldn’t quite get enough lift to get airborne with its heavy catch. It tried four times, and four times resettled back down on the rock. It rested in between attempts, clearly tired with the huge effort and with its energy draining away.