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Old Tuesday 21st July 2015, 02:38   #1
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Question Help with ID

I saw this last week at Lake Mary in Flagstaff. I have been looking online but didn't see any birds that match this. I am assuming it is a Hawk or Falcon. . .but I know literally nothing about birds. He grabbed a fish out of the water and flew to this rock, where he preceded to torture the fish. Any help with ID is appreciated! https://www.flickr.com/gp/joshsterrarium/42eqAF
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Old Tuesday 21st July 2015, 02:57   #2
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I saw this last week at Lake Mary in Flagstaff. I have been looking online but didn't see any birds that match this. I am assuming it is a Hawk or Falcon. . .but I know literally nothing about birds. He grabbed a fish out of the water and flew to this rock, where he preceded to torture the fish. Any help with ID is appreciated! https://www.flickr.com/gp/joshsterrarium/42eqAF
Osprey. They are very adept at fishing.
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Old Tuesday 21st July 2015, 03:44   #3
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That's it! Thank you, Dan!
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Old Tuesday 21st July 2015, 16:36   #4
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They are also down here is the desert county of AZ.

I read they have a very high success percentage in catching fish. Here is an interesting YouTube video showing them in action. As shown in the video, I have seen them reposition their catch in midair to reduce the drag.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA3LtXnNIto
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Old Tuesday 21st July 2015, 18:55   #5
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That's an amazing video! Thanks for sharing.
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