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Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

Description:

The osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the fish eagle, sea hawk, river hawk, or fish hawk, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm (24 in) in length and 180 cm (71 in) across the wings. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts. The osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It possesses specialised physical characteristics and exhibits unique behaviour to assist in hunting and catching prey.

Habitat:

The osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica, although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant.

Notes:

Spotted on a dead tree by the shore on the coast of Antigua where the Caribbean sea encounters the Atlantic Ocean. There is a reef near the shore and it seems to be a favorite spot for many birds to fish.

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1 Comment

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 5 years ago

fabulous series!

Stefania Romoff
Spotted by
Stefania Romoff

Antigua and Barbuda

Spotted on Nov 7, 2012
Submitted on Jan 12, 2015

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