This beauty flew right in front of us while we were cleaning the trails around the lagoon. It has its prey in its talons. "The upperparts are a deep, glossy brown, while the breast is white and sometimes streaked with brown, and the underparts are pure white. The head is white with a dark mask across the eyes, reaching to the sides of the neck. The irises of the eyes are golden to brown, and the transparent nictitating membrane is pale blue. The bill is black, with a blue cere, and the feet are white with black talons. A short tail and long, narrow wings with four long, finger-like feathers, and a shorter fifth, give it a very distinctive appearance." - Wikipedia
San Elijo Lagoon. "The Osprey is the second most widely distributed raptor species, after the Peregrine Falcon. It has a worldwide distribution and is found in temperate and tropical regions of all continents except Antarctica. In North America it breeds from Alaska and Newfoundland south to the Gulf Coast and Florida, wintering further south from the southern United States through to Argentina." - Wikipedia
Aka sea hawk, fish eagle or fish hawk.
Lat: 33.01, Long: -117.25
Spotted on Sep 15, 2012
Submitted on Sep 16, 2012
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