Monday, November 28, 2016

I'll take mine to go!


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.

Ospreys migrate through southern Arizona and are known to fish in koi ponds, as these photos by Ned Harris of a juvenile Osprey show.

All photos © Ned Harris

According to the link above:

Ospreys are brown above and white below, and overall they are whiter than most raptors. From below, the wings are mostly white with a prominent dark patch at the wrists. The head is white with a broad brown stripe through the eye. Juveniles have white spots on the back and buffy shading on the breast.


Here's an adult Osprey

And to complete this osprey entry...

Photo © Ned Harris

The V-22 Osprey is a tilt rotor military aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability.

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