An Osprey flying over with his nice catch of a big fish!! D J Wilcox Preserve, Ft. Pierce, FL
The Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, sometimes known as the sea hawk, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching 24 inches in length with a 6 foot wingspan. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly grayish 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 specialized physical characteristics and exhibits unique behavior to assist in hunting and catching prey. Despite its propensity to nest near water, the Osprey is not a sea-eagle.
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