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Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
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Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

General Description: Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) are large hawks that are dark above and light below. The head is white with a bold, dark stripe across the side of the head and neck. The wrists are dark below. Ospreys often fly with the wrist bent (see the side-view photo), forming a funny crook in the wings that helps with long-distance identification.

Taxonomy: Accipitriformes, Pandionidae.

Favored Habitat: Ponds, marshes, and lakes.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Where to Find: Neighborhood ponds, parks (e.g., Lorenzi Park and Sunset Park), the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and Boulder Beach Marina at Lake Mead NRA. To find them in more natural habitat, visit the Pahranagat Valley or the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Comments: Osprey are "fish hawks," so look for them flying and hovering over bodies of water while they hunt for fish. Osprey dive feet-first into the water to catch fish.

When carrying a fish back to a favorite feeding site or nest, Ospreys carry fish with the head pointed forward to reduce aerodynamic drag.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) Note how the Osprey holds its wings out straight: it looks like the arm is arched and the fingers are splayed outward. This is a characteristic pattern and can be used to identify birds in flight at great distances.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) If you were a tasty fish, this might be the last face you ever see!
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Osprey carrying a fish
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Note how the bird holds the fish: like a torpedo with the head first
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Osprey landing at a nest on a tufa tower in Mono Lake, CA
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Osprey on tufa tower in Mono Lake, CA
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Two Osprey on a nest in Mono Lake, CA
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Osprey on a metal perch
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Toes like these make me glad I'm not a fish
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Giving the camera a hard look
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Typical habitat: south tip of the Mississippi River Delta
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Osprey on nest, Ding Darling NWR, Florida
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Osprey; Dunedin, Florida
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Osprey; Dunedin, Florida
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Osprey; Dunedin, Florida
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Osprey; Dunedin, Florida
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Osprey eating fish; Dunedin, Florida
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Osprey eating fish; Dunedin, Florida
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Osprey on nest; Dunedin, Florida
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Osprey eating a striped mullet; Dunedin, Florida
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Osprey on nest; Dunedin, Florida
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Osprey on nest; Dunedin, Florida
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Bald Eagle tries to take fish from Osprey
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Bald Eagle tries to take striped mullet from Osprey
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Bald Eagle tries to take striped mullet from Osprey
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Osprey's mate joins the battle and drives off Bald Eagle
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Osprey lands with big striped mullet
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Osprey with big striped mullet
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Osprey starts to eat big striped mullet
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Osprey almost looses big striped mullet
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Osprey trying to regain grasp of big striped mullet and branch
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Osprey trying to regain grasp of big striped mullet and branch
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Osprey trying to regain grasp of big striped mullet and branch
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Osprey diving on a fish; Dunedin, Florida
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Osprey in flight with big striped mullet
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Osprey in flight with big striped mullet
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Osprey with Atlantic needlefish (Strongylura marina)
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Osprey with Atlantic needlefish (Strongylura marina)
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Osprey with Atlantic needlefish (Strongylura marina)
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Atlantic needlefish in Osprey talons: not the best place to be
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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