This fish-eating raptor favors bodies of still or slow flowing water, however will also be found along white water rivers where it will snatch fish from pools. Feeds almost entirely on fish, but when water is silty because of heavy rains, it might take birds, lizards, and mammals. Fish are spotted from the air, 10 to 30 m up, a sudden dive to plunge prey is often over 60% successful, once the Osprey comes out of the water with its catch, it instantly swings it so that fish is head first into the direction the bird is flying, ensuring a streamline. The Osprey's opposable outer toe (a feature also found in owls), aids to carrying the fish more efficiently, so two toes will be on one side of the fish and two on the other side, sharp and long curved talons and toe pads covered with modified scales resembling spines maximize grasp of slippery prey. As the Osprey lifts itself up it shakes to get water off its plumage.