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Well, thanks - learned something again. I saw one the other day out on Lake Murray and wondered what kind of hawk it was - turns out it wasn't a hawk but an osprey.
It was hunting the same area I was fishing for large mouth. It may have got one because I heard a splash around the corner of the cove I was fishing and I saw it later up in a pine tree at what looked like a nest of some sort.
That's one useful clue to identify an Osprey when it's on the wing with a fish. They tend to do that whenever possible, more so than bigger fishing raptors.
Saw one about a year ago carrying a fish exactly in the same posture as the very last Osprey shown in the video. I was crossing a bridge over the Savannah River at Augusta, Georgia, headed east. The bird must have just pulled the fish out of the river - about a hundred yards before I hit the South Carolina side it came soaring up over the bridge railing with the fish, maybe twenty feet over the road. I saw him look at me as I drove under him.