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Osprey II ~ Marana, AZ

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Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, United States

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Artist's Description

I don’t usually upload two of the same critter unless I am very excited about the experience, and in this case I am…lol

Imagine my surprise when I went for a little jaunt this morning and came across this guy! I have seen them form a distance when they are migrating and captured one on a very cloudy day. They are not native to the state and the last thing you think you are going to see in our desert…lol So when I saw this guy I about caused an accident…lol. I pulled over and crept the truck closer to be able to capture him. Not to bad from the truck window and using a Point & Shoot!

As this guy took off I followed him just to see him meet up with another. Too far for my little camera, but an awesome thing to watch as they circled!!!!!!!!!!!!

Taken in Marana, AZ using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

Once threatened with extirpation by DDT in North America, Osprey is now a familiar sight on
lakes, bays and rivers. Their huge stick nests are conspicuous on buoys, channel markers and
large trees.

Osprey (called fish hawks) hunts by hovering over the water, then plunging down to grasp fish
with open talons lined with spicules (barbs). In fall migration hundreds can be seen passing
hawkwatch sites en route to wintering areas.

VOICE Piercing whistled notes, heard mostly

around nest.


  • The Osprey, Pandion haliaetus–whose species name is derived from the Greek ‘hals’ (salt or sea) and ‘aetos,’ or eagle–is the only bird of prey that feeds exclusively on live fish.
  • Live fish account for about 99% of their diet. Barbed pads on the soles of its feet help it grip slippery fish. When an Osprey takes a large fish to its nest, it carries the fish headfirst to make it as aerodynamic as possible.
  • Their outer toe is reversible so that it can grasp with three toes forward and one toe backward or with two forward and two backward, which provides a more stable grip in flight.
  • Their eggs do not hatch all at once, but instead the first chick hatches out up to five days before the last one.

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