Yesterday I went over to Lake Jesup, and I saw an Osprey flying low over the water. It made three or four passes just above the surface, and it seemed to be dragging its feet in the water. I first guessed that it was cleaning fish guts off of them. But when I looked more closely, I noticed that it was putting its bill into the water. The bird was pretty far away on a foggy morning, so my pictures aren't fantastic, but you can clearly see the behavior. I've never seen an Osprey do this before. I did a little research online to see if others had observed this same behavior. I did find a few people who were equally puzzled by it. Some believe it's a fishing technique, but from what I saw yesterday, it didn't appear to be so. It was dragging its feet behind it, and I don't see how it could catch a fish that way. Others thought it was collecting water for hatchlings, but I doubt that's the case in December here. So my best guess is that it's drinking water. My understanding is that Osprey's don't normally need to drink water, since they get their water from the fish they catch. But maybe this one just likes to drink water. If any of you have any insights on this behavior, I'd love to know.