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What do ospreys eat?
The osprey eats medium-sized fish such as salmon, trout, flounder and mullet. It will fly up to 70 metres above the water’s surface to scout for its prey, and once it has spotted a fish, the osprey plunge-dives towards its catch with wings half folded. As it reaches the water, it throws its feet forward to snare the fish in its talons. Ospreys have been known to dive up to one metre below the surface of the water to catch prey.