There’s no catch-and-release with this bird, the osprey or “sea eagle” (Pandion haliaetus). This video shows its amazing fishing skills. I was surprised to see they can fly after they’ve been completely immersed, even toting a large fish. And when the talons come down right before the strike, it reminds me of the wheels of an airplane swiveling down just before touchdown.
I suppose it makes me “spiritual” to contemplate that creatures this skilled, this magnificent, evolved from simple chemicals beginning about 3.5 billion years ago. Feathers, beak, behavior: the whole megillah. Where’s my atheist church?
h/t: Diane G.