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Osprey

About Osprey

Looks like a large pale eagle with long wings. Dark brown above, white below, with white head and dark eye-stripe. Dark wrist patches on underwings; streaked band on breast, most prominent on female.

They nest in the spring, in a large, messy nest of sticks, bones, seaweed, and whatever they can find, on trees, crags, or on artifical platforms. The Osprey returns to the same nest year after year with more material which makes it reach a huge size. The Osprey has 2-4 creamy or yellowish eggs, spotted and blotched with dark brown or chestnut red, incubated by both parents, but the female does more and keeps watch, for 35-38 days.

The Osprey is one of the most widespread and successful birds of prey. The Osprey is a specialist fishermen. It is made for diving into the water and getting its slippery, struggling prey; they have waterproof feathers. It’s nostrils will seal shut when it dives to prevent water being forced into its lungs. It has long-clawed feet with spiny, fish-gripping pads beneath it toes.

While it is hunting, it typically hovers over the water searching for fish, then attacks in stages to check out its victims. When it finds a victim, it will plunge headlong with wings half folded, usually submerging its body, and impales its prey on its talons. It will then get out of the water and fly off to a feeding perch.

Even though they disperse for the winter, they return to the same nest year after year and meet up with their mate. They seal their bonds with dancing in the air and the male shows off for the female.