Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Fish Hawk

When you think about it, every bird that eats fish and every fish that is eaten by a bird have to meet at the interface between their two worlds: air and water.  If this catfish had stayed only two feet below the surface, it would not have been within reach of the osprey. But, noooo. It had to get curious about what was at the top of it's world. What business does a catfish, known for being a bottom feeder, have at the top of the water column anyway? Yet, it is one of the most common species of fish I see caught on the river by both osprey and eagle. Unlike cats, catfish don't seem to have nine lives.

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