A gun gives you the body, not the bird

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A gun gives you the body, not the bird

A Henry David Thoreau quotation

Osprey: Have you seen this bird?

Osprey: Have you seen this bird?

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The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the sea hawk, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor.

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.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 22 inches Wingspan: 54 inches
• Large, narrow-winged hawk
• Flies on flat wings with distinct kink at elbow
• Wings taper to a rounded tip
• Short hooked beak
• White cap
• Dark brown eyeline broadening behind eye
• Dark brown nape, back and upperwings
• Wings from below: flight feathers white barred with black, undersecondary coverts white and underprimary coverts black producing rectangular black mark at wrist
• White chin, throat, breast and belly
• Brown tail has a number of white bands
• Hovers and then plunges into water after fish

Adult male:
• Underparts entirely white

Adult female:
• Dark necklace of streaks on throat


Similar species:

Unmarked white belly, wing shape, and flight style make the Osprey instantly recognizable even at a distance.

The Osprey’s diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It has evolved specialized physical characteristics and exhibits unique behavior to assist in hunting and catching prey.

The Osprey is unusual in the fact that it is a single species that occurs nearly worldwide. Even the few subspecies are not unequivocally separable. There are four generally recognized subspecies, although differences are small.



A gun gives you the body, not the bird.

A Henry David Thoreau quotation


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