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The One that Didn't get Away ! (1 Viewer)

Joern Lehmhus

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Barracuda are a heavier set fish than long-finned (or yellowfin) pike, so I doubt that is the fish in the first post.
Yellowfin pike as far as I know, and a fair sized one at that - Dinolestes lewini
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-finned_pike





Chosun :gh:

It depends on the Barracuda species . Australian barracuda is a more slender species than most
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_barracuda

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_barracuda#/media/File:SphyraenaNovaehollandRLS.jpg

and the fish in that photo has a short anal fin, while dinolestes lewini has a long anal fin:
https://www.meerwasser-lexikon.de/img2/30273_rrwZSbbWz5.jpg

also D. levini is not slender enough. and yello coloration of caudal fin schould extend onto the body of D. lewini.

This is not the case here.

Therefore that fish should be Sphyraena novaehollandiae
 

Chosun Juan

Given to Fly
Australia - Aboriginal
It depends on the Barracuda species . Australian barracuda is a more slender species than most
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_barracuda

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_barracuda#/media/File:SphyraenaNovaehollandRLS.jpg

and the fish in that photo has a short anal fin, while dinolestes lewini has a long anal fin:
https://www.meerwasser-lexikon.de/img2/30273_rrwZSbbWz5.jpg

also D. levini is not slender enough. and yello coloration of caudal fin schould extend onto the body of D. lewini.

This is not the case here.

Therefore that fish should be Sphyraena novaehollandiae

Thanks for the info :t: learnt something about little inshore barracudas :)




Chosun :gh:
 
Ospreys are amazing birds aren't they !?!

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Photo by Christine Georgio

Sometimes I feel that the massive Eagles slaying foxes, kangaroos, and monkeys etc, the Powerful Owls, the Top Gun Peregrines, or even the shadowy Hawks, or zippy little Falcons, seem to get all the press .... meanwhile the Osprey just quietly and efficiently goes about its business.

I'm always amazed at how aerodynamically efficient they are, in the way that they seem to "surf" their prey as they fly away with it. (as indeed the rather lesser shot in my gallery is titled ! :) https://www.birdforum.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/510539/ppuser/92780

This picture by Christine Georgio, of a 2ft + (very toothy !) Pike is the largest prey I can recall seeing an Osprey with. Has anyone seen one fly off with larger prey? Feel free to post some pics ....... ๐Ÿฑ

Story here:
https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news...IHJD0AWboJbDmeTx_T_OGZKgDN7DU1-3XgpL-BXvAXlR8



Chosun ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Indeed a fine bird I do agree!
I was fishing at Googong dam (a freshwater impoundment just out Canberra) with no luck when the skillful Osprey plucked a large (native) Yellow Belly fish 20/30 feet in front of me. [*No photo sorry!]

Definitely earns points for completion as the fish was a much heavier payload then I had previously assumed achievable and is remains the biggest fish I have seen taken by any bird as I have witnessed many White Bellied Sea Eagle catches over the years.. and while still respectable not near the weight!
Whether hunger and/or scarcity of prey is a factor I am unsure.
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