Hawk fishing in Thames river in Springbank park

by Rob Howe
(London Ontario)

August 25th 2012, 2:30 pm - I took the kids down to the dam at Springbank Park, London, Ontario, because you can usually see Ducks and Geese down there.

When we got there, we noticed a bird of prey of some kind riding the air currents over the river.

All of a sudden, it folded up its wings and dove down into the water from about 60 feet in the air.

I've never seen this before in person and it was quite a thrill.

It didn't come out with a fish and it climbed back up into the air.

We stuck around to see if it would do it again and it made two more attempts in the same location and then moved off to the west further down the river.

I think this might have been an Osprey but the head seemed all white. It was definitely not a bald eagle.

Hmmm.... I'm not sure what this could be - perhaps it was an Osprey, as you said. Maybe one of our readers will know.

Did this bird try to catch fish by diving head-first into the water, or did it use it's feet?

By the way, the next submission that arrived here after yours, was a great picture of an Osprey - did the fish you saw, look like this one?

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