We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Cyprinus carpio or common carp. You can tell by the forked tail fin, rounded gill cover, yellow coloring on the belly of the fish towards the tail fin, evenly spaced large scales outlined in black, large anal fin and small small dorsal fin, mid-body pelvic fin and forward pectoral fin are all markers for common carp.
Aren't you glad you asked?
Oh and for the first time EVER, I can identify the bird - Pandion haliaetus or common Osprey.
from the moment I opened to 'Maggies' I KNEW I WAS HOME!!!
And........I even 'guessed' this is a carp.
Thanks for your fun articles, Birddog!
Cynthia Lauren Thorpe
I love this picture. Not only is it a fascinating portrayal of predator/predatee behavior, the expressions on both faces are wonderful ... stark horror on the fish's face, determined anticipation on the hawk's. I propose it as the official picture of John Boehner assuming the job of Speaker of the House, and Pelosi gasping "Won't go, won't go! No-no-no!"
P.S. I suspect that there is no official word 'predatee.' But there ought to be.