Closeup on the Osprey

This is a common raptor in Florida, though apparently it’s part of the Imperiled Species Management Plan. I see their nests everywhere. That’s a good thing, because eagles like to grab the osprey’s young and eat them.

Several features distinguish the osprey from other birds of prey, including a reversible fourth toe and spines located on their feet that are used to help grasp their prey, which is almost always fish, as they fly over the water. ย Osprey and owls are the only raptors whose outer toe is reversible. Ospreys in Florida did not suffer the serious pesticide-related population declines that occurred in other states in the 1950s and 1960s. They are also known as “fish hawks, “sea hawks,” and “river hawks.” Because of their diet, you’ll find them near bodies of water.

The juvenile osprey may be identified by buff fringes to the plumage of the upperparts and streaked feathers on the head. My photos indicate a young osprey, eyes newly yellow (the chicks have orange eyes).

The osprey is unusual in that it is a single living species that occurs nearly worldwide.

I spotted one sitting on a branch at the lake. Perfect! No leaves. Heh. Tree leaves have ruined more bird photos than I can remember.

I cropped a couple of shots from the original photo so you can get up close and personal with this beautiful bird.

Those claws!ย 

See you next time.

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Fenraven happily lives in south Florida, where it is really hot most of the year. Find him on Twitter and Facebook by searching on 'fenraven'.
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7 Responses to Closeup on the Osprey

  1. blackandwhite1987 says:

    Amazing picture. That looks like a powerful bird

  2. Beth Baker says:

    FABULOUS shots and wonderful info on these wonderful birds. Love love

  3. Thor Crowley says:

    WOW ! These are absolutely stunning pictures !
    The level of detail and these claws ..
    I hope you are doing well my friend .
    Stay safe, stay healthy

    • Fenraven says:

      I was using the fabulous Sigma 150-600mm lens on my Sony mirrorless camera. It’s big and heavy, but it can get me close to wildlife, like this osprey. I’ve been pleased with the photos I’ve taken with it.

      So far, still healthy. No virus infection yet! I wear my mask and avoid people. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you are also taking precautions!

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