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August 8, 2013. Lake Okoboji Iowa, Dickinson County Nature Center Webcam. My story of seeing a bird take a fish from a lake in person and watching it eat the fish back at its nest through a webcam.

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  • 1. August 8, 2013 West Lake Okoboji, Iowa Karen Linder I went out to my dock on Haywards Bay to fish at 6:20pm. I casted a couple of times with no bites.
  • 2. Suddenly, a large bird flew in front of me struggling to carry a fish in its claws. I took this photograph as it flew East towards the shoreline , but the dark bird and dark fish are not visible against the trees.
  • 3. I watched the bird fly up over the tree line towards the East and it occurred to me that it might be headed towards the Osprey nest at the Nature Center. I ran up to the cabin and opened my laptop computer, and clicked on the Osprey webcam that I have bookmarked.... ...buffering...buffering...and then the live shot was displayed.... ...the nest was empty. Darn. Oh well.
  • 4. But within 5 seconds all three Osprey chicks, now quite large, flew into the nest and one had a fish, still flapping, in its claws.
  • 5. 6:29pm
  • 6. Both bird and fish are larger than they appear in these screen shots. I could not identify the bird as an Osprey when it flew in front of me on the lake. I thought it was a large Hawk of some kind. Seeing its arrival on the webcam confirmed its identity. The fish looked to be about 10 inches long, perhaps a 1-2 lb. bass.
  • 7. The first thing the bird did was eat the fishs eyes.
  • 8. The other two siblings made no attempt to eat the fish, nor did the captor offer to share.
  • 9. The bird next poked a hole with its beak in the soft underbelly of the fish.
  • 10. The fish flopped around a bit as the Osprey tried holding it down with both feet. But being near the edge of the nest already, within just a few moments, the fish managed to wiggle and escape over the side of the nest.
  • 11. 6:40pm The chicks looked over the edge and appeared to verbalize. They did not attempt to retrieve the fish from the long grass below.
  • 12. Thank you to the Dickinson County Nature Center for maintaining the 2013 Osprey Webcam! http://dickinsoncountyconservationboard.com/ 2013/03/21/osprey-camera/