Gone Fishing

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This streaming video, courtesy of National Geographic, shows a brief glimpse into the life of the osprey, or fish eagle, Pandion haliaetus. It's amazing to see the size of the trout that these birds catch and carry to their nests. This video features some really interesting visual angles, too [2:34].

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Many years ago, fishing from a boat with my brother and parents on Lake Bemidji, my mother rared back to cast from the bow of the boat, zinged the rod forward, and snared my father with a Daredevil's treble hook through the cheek back where he was sitting by the motor. Laugh? Not on your life: we didn't want to swim back to the dock!

Rats. That comment was supposed to go on Laden's blog from which I came here. Sorry for the weirdness.

About 15 years ago, I took my boss on a fishing trip on the St John's River. we were using HUGE golden shiners (maybe 8-10 inches long) and during one high arching cast, an osprey snagged the shiner in mid-air.

By cthulhu's minion (not verified) on 24 May 2008 #permalink