Sunday, July 4, 2010

Osprey

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Did you Know:

The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the sea hawk or fish eagle, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching 60 centimetres (24 in) in length with a 2m wingspan. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts, with a black eye patch and wings.

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.

As its other common name suggests, the Osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It has evolved specialised physical characteristics and exhibits unique behaviour to assist in hunting and catching prey. As a result of these unique characteristics, it has been given its own taxonomic genus, Pandion and family, Pandionidae. Four subspecies are usually recognised. Despite its propensity to nest near water, the Osprey is not a sea-eagle.

Did you know research from Wiki. Photo taken on Sanibel Island Florida.

Bird Information
Bird of Prey



Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn

8 comments:

Jose's World said...

Great summary, I have been tracking an osprey's nest for 4 years near a bridge. This year a waterfront property owner decided to built a long pier and the osprey's nest was destroyed while the chicks were not ready to fly. Why could have not waited just one month for the birds to leave the nest?

Jose's World said...

Great summary, I have been tracking an osprey's nest for 4 years near a bridge. This year a waterfront property owner decided to built a long pier and the osprey's nest was destroyed while the chicks were not ready to fly. Why could have not waited just one month for the birds to leave the nest?

Gaelyn said...

When I lived in Washington, the osprey was our first sign of spring. Love to watch them soar.

Country Mouse Studio said...

They build nest sites in our area for them and they have begun to increase. It's amazing to watch them fishing. great shot

KaHolly said...

We have lots of osprey in my area and I just love watching them. There is a nest nearby and often I'll be sitting at my sewing table, placed at the sliding glass door, and will look up and see an osprey in my immediate air space with a fish, returning to it's nest. Great post! I loved it! ~karen

sebi_2569 said...

nice blog;and nice photo; bravo

Bird Girl said...

Great, great shot! What is that in the nest? Looks a little like a snake skin or something...

Craig Glenn said...

Hi everyone and thanks for the comments. Bird Girl, the thing in the next is the egg case of the lighting whelk. there were hundreds of them on the beach. I will try to put some pictures of the up from our trip to Sanibel Island. Osprey's will use anything they can find and carry to use in their nest.

Craig Glenn