This looks very jaggy to me, but the larger version on the clickthrough is okay.
Osprey ARE lovely, I've spent many hours watching them.
Interesting catch, coastal but apparently normally a bottom-fish.
This seems to be the blind (ventral?) side.
"Most easily distinguished by the alternating orange and black stripes on the fins."
I had a feeling that might be the case, thanks for clueing me in @Sonja.
I started noticing heron on the beach about 15 years ago,
which I guess was a sign that the fish were coming back.
Osprey only about 10 years ago (DDT was thinning their
eggs - along with various other raptors - and was banned).
I had other shots but the fish was backlit nicely in this one.
My notes from the time (you can tell I was excited):
Osprey! Saw him ring up and then catch two fish - he either
had a nest nearby or he cached them for later, as there was
nary a break between the first strike and when he came back.
Osprey waited for high tide, showed up 2:20 PM. Once
again, robbed of first strike, had to catch another.
Sanderlings. Some small dark ducks too.
Wow, here we are, 7 years later and I have a fish ID.