Thursday, April 16, 2020

Friday April 17, 2020 O is for Osprey!

2020 A to Z Challenge !
O is for Osprey !

Unique among North American raptors for its diet of live fish and ability to dive into water to catch them, Ospreys are common sights soaring over shorelines, patrolling waterways, and standing on their huge stick nests, white heads gleaming. These large, rangy hawks do well around humans and have rebounded in numbers following the ban on the pesticide DDT. Hunting Ospreys are a picture of concentration, diving with feet outstretched and yellow eyes sighting straight 
along their talons. 
Ospreys are excellent anglers. Over several studies, Ospreys caught fish on at least 1 in every 4 dives, with success rates sometimes as high as 70 percent. The average time they spent hunting before making a catch was about 12 minutes—something to think about next time you throw your line in the water.
The Osprey readily builds its nest on man made structures, such as telephone poles, channel markers, duck blinds, and nest platforms designed especially for it. Such platforms have become an important tool in reestablishing Ospreys in areas where they had disappeared. In some areas nests are placed almost exclusively on artificial structures.
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  1. Wow, impressive success rate! I am glad someone studies this :)

    The Multicolored Diary

  2. I've never seen an osprey - how I would love to watch one fishing!

    Watch out, Rosey's about!

  3. What majestic bird...and I know his family will be happy he is coming home with groceries
    Hugs cecilia

  4. Thank you for another educational post. Ospreys are beautiful raptors. I've yet to see one up close. Maybe one day!

  5. Osprey and its prey.. xD

    O is for Opioids

  6. Now, I have seen ospreys! My late in-laws lived above a lake (I mean you could see the lake from their house, but it was up high, so above the trees, the side of the mountain sort of), and there was an osprey nest on the very top of one tree within sight of their deck. You could see it bring back fish! I also knew an osprey named Oscar. Yes, I knew him! I used to care for animals that couldn't be released into the wild when my neighbors were on vacation. They didn't have these as pets! The wildlife "museum" has them on display and for education, and they rotated the animals, so they didn't have to be gawked at their entire lives. There were quite a few raptors that couldn't fly. Some had lost a wing to hunters.

  7. I have never seen pone of those.

  8. Very, very talented birds, i am glad they are making a comeback.

  9. There are a couple of osprey nest cams here:
    Black and White (Words and Pictures)