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Pandion haliaetus carolinensis
Ospreys prey on fish and habitually nest near bodies of water. This mother osprey encircled her nest and periodically called out "cheereek!" (because she didn't like my presence!).
Seen in Allegany State Park. Lives near coastlines, rivers, lakes, etc. This raptor is present on every continent but Antarctica.
Listed as a species of special concern in New York State; it was previously listed as endangered in the 1970s, then threatened until 1999 due to the deleterious effects of DDT pesticides on its eggs.
Lat: 42.06, Long: -78.75
Spotted on May 18, 2015
Submitted on Dec 29, 2018