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Thread subject: Headless Fish Mystery????
Name Date Message
Marty 05/15/04 06:28 pm I've noticed that fish are consistantly brought to the nest minus a head! I was wondering why this was.
Is the head a preferred portion and eaten first?
Is it just standard preparation for some reason?
I've skimmed postings on this site and it appears this is always the case but I didn't see any explanations. I looked around on the web as well and it seems to be a common osprey behavior.
I'd appreciate any enlightenment as to why they do this.
Thanks
Mickey 05/15/04 06:46 pm Behind the head is where the best meat is.So the male removes it first and formost so the chicks get the best.The meat between the head and tail is also the tenderest. You will notice as you watch more that she can feed with much less effort ie: faster
Shelley 05/15/04 07:00 pm I once asked this very question, Marty. On page 8 of this forum (numbers are at the bottom of the page), you can read all the responses to it. It was titled *I'm sure if I were an osprey, I wouldn't have to ask this question*.

Here is the direct link but I'm not sure if it will work:

http://puleston.osprey.bnl.org/MessageViewT.php?thread=505&mess=0
RonS 05/15/04 07:07 pm To point out the obvious as to how this forum has grown, last year at this time that question would have been addressed "To DPOF". Now it's asked and answered several times and almost immediately.
Ah, the power of many great minds thinking alike. LOL
Cecilia 05/15/04 08:54 pm In David Gessner's book "Return of the Osprey" he mentions several times that the males would always go to their favorite tree to eat the head and then bring the rest to the nest. Is it because the head is the best (to the victor go the spoils) or is he eating the tough part and bringing the tender, easy to tear off part to his mate? Hard to tell but it seems to be the osprey way. If it were me I would be happy to get headless fish :-)

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