Thursday, July 28, 2011

Osprey

The osprey is one of the more interesting raptors that we have here in North America. Once called a fishing hawk the osprey is not actually a hawk at all. It is the only raptor in North America, that is not an owl, that has the ability to reverse one of its outer toes, allowing it to have two toes pointing forward and two back or 3 toes forward and one toe back. This adaptation comes in handy when the osprey is grabbing a slippery fish and trying to hoist it out of the water.


39 comments:

Emily Brisse said...

There's a great osprey nest at Carver Park Reserve right along the park road, and now I'll know a bit more about the birds when I pass them. Thanks for the info!

KaHolly said...

Great shot! I have the pleasure of seeing them almost every day!! They always delight me.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous bird, beautiful skies! The best there is! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Liz said...

Beautiful capture. Happy sky watching!

Liz @ A Simple Life

Simply Delicious said...

Cool! I thought it was a hawk.

LauraX said...

beautiful!

whatandysees said...

Good shot!..... nice of him to look at the camera for you!.....:)

Carver said...

Fantastic shot of the osprey.

Judy said...

He is so proud, delighted to be flying!!!

ladyfi said...

What a great shot!

Photo Cache said...

interesting and informative, the photo is amazing too.

Jidhu Jose said...

nice shot

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Joyful said...

Beautiful shot!

Irene said...

Wow, great shot!

anettesbokboble said...

Wow, what a beautiful photo!! Hugs from Anette in Norway :)

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