Going 'trout' on a limb

Express photographer Roland Lane caught this osprey snacking on a trout it snatched from the nearby Big Wood River at Hailey's Draper Preserve.

With fish comprising about 99% of their diet, ospreys—also known as fish hawks—are masterful anglers thanks to their curved talons, specialized "barbs" on the soles of their feet and a reversible outer toe, all of which assist them in grasping large, slippery fish. 

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the raptors will circle over shallow water to locate a fish, make a precise, foot-first dive and, if successful, cart their catch to a nearby perch head-first to reduce drag. 

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