~Osprey with Breakfast~ (40)
|Good Morning or evening depending on where you are! :) We are back from Fort Myers Beach FL. Today I wanted to share this beautiful Osprey with you. He was perched just outside my door. I slept outside, and was awoken by the Osprey's cries. He and his mate were fishing for breakfast! I was so excited, when he decided to dine on this Yellowtail Snapper right next to me! He was a good 20 feet above me, and I scrambled to get the best POV I could. I sure hope you like him!! Have a wonderful day :D|
*Note: He was banded, the Fish and Game Commission bands these guys as older chicks to keep track of their movement, etc. This is in the wild for sure!
The Osprey, Pandion haliaetus is a medium-large raptor which is a specialist fish-eater with a worldwide distribution. It occurs in all continents except Antarctica, but in South America only as a non-breeding migrant. It is often known by other colloquial names such as fishhawk, seahawk or Fish Eagle.
The Osprey is a species with many unique characteristics, and therefore has been given its own taxonomic genus, Pandion, and family, Pandionidae.
Fish comprise almost the whole diet. Fish they capture are generally 150–300 g (5.3-10 oz) and measure about 25–35 cm (10-12 in) in length, but can range from 50 to 2000 g (1.7-68 oz). The Osprey is particularly well adapted to this diet, with reversible outer toes, closable nostrils to keep out water during dives, and backwards facing scales on the talons which act as barbs to help hold its catch. It locates its prey from the air, often hovering prior to plunging feet-first into the water to seize a fish. As it rises back into flight the fish is turned head forward to reduce drag. The 'barbed' talons are such effective tools for grasping fish that, on occasion, an Osprey may be unable to release a fish that is heavier than expected. This can cause the Osprey to be pulled into the water, where it may either swim to safety or succumb to hypothermia and drown (fish heavier than the Osprey itself are hazardous in this way). Rarely, Ospreys may prey on other wetland animals, such as reptiles (up to the size of young alligators), aquatic rodents, salamanders and other birds.