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Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

Description:

The Osprey, sometimes known as the sea hawk, fish eagle, or fish hawk, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm in length and 180 cm across the wings.

Notes:

Early morning fishing trip was obviously successful.

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4 Comments

James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

Unique among North American raptors for its diet of live fish and ability to dive into water to catch them, Ospreys are common sights soaring over shorelines, patrolling waterways, and standing on their huge stick nests, white heads gleaming. These large, rangy hawks do well around humans and have rebounded in numbers following the ban on the pesticide DDT. Hunting Ospreys are a picture of concentration, diving with feet outstretched and yellow eyes sighting straight along their talons.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ospre...

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 7 years ago

Great capture!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

This spotting could go in the Hunters and Animal Feeding Behavior mission at http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8463...

Dan Hatch
Dan Hatch 7 years ago

Wow, great pic!

James McNair
Spotted by
James McNair

Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 3, 2014
Submitted on Mar 3, 2014

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