Ospreys have several morphological adaptations to their unique fish-eating lifestyle. These adaptations include relatively long legs for a raptor, spiny footpads called spicules, long, sharp, curved claws, and a reversible outer toe to aid in gripping slippery fish. In addition, ospreys have dense oily plumage and efficient nasal valves that prevent water from entering the nostrils when the bird dives to catch a fish.
The Osprey has oily plumage, so that when it dives or plunges under the water for fish, its feathers become less wet and it can take off again. It does not need to spread its wings to dry, unlike cormorants.
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  • treasureseaker
    treasureseakerover 4 years ago

    Nice flight shot and very interesting description…Cheers Raoul

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • jammingene
    jammingeneover 4 years ago

    Great work

  • Ladyshark
    Ladysharkover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous against that sky! Great capture! :-)

  • Many thanks, magnificent sky yesterday evening, pouring with rain today!

    – byronbackyard

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneover 4 years ago

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  • Naveen  Sharma
    Naveen Sharmaover 4 years ago

    wow Brilliant shot & colorful image!

  • Many thanks!

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  • meowiyer
    meowiyerover 4 years ago

    The colours here are absolutely breathtaking. Congratulations!

  • All wow, thanks so much, very happy making … interestingly after that colorful display it poured rain the next day!

    – byronbackyard

  • Lindamell
    Lindamellover 4 years ago

    congratulations :))

  • Many thanks!

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  • jammingene
    jammingeneover 4 years ago

    Congrats Bryon

  • Wow thanks so much, my feature with this group, very, very happy making!

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  • Davercox
    Davercoxover 4 years ago

    Simply beautiful. Great capture!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

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  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillover 4 years ago

    Great in flight capture and wonderful B/G!

  • Many thanks … what’s B/G? No doubt obvious but I’m not getting it.

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