The Osprey

  • They're found on every continent except Antarctica and breed on all continents except Antarctica and South America.
  • Their diet is primarily fish, earning them the moniker of “sea-hawk.”


  • Ospreys hunt fish by hovering over water and then diving feet first to capture prey in their powerful talons.
  • An Osprey’s outer toe is reversible, which means they can carry prey with two toes in front and two toes behind.
  • An Osprey will manipulate their catch so that it is parallel to the bird’s body, and thus aerodynamic.


  • During the mid-20th century, North American Osprey populations suffered great losses due to widespread use of the pesticide DDT.  After DDT and other contaminants were banned, the Osprey recovered fairly quickly.
  • Ospreys make large nests on the top of dead or live trees.  They will also readily use nest platforms or other man-made structures like utility poles or baseball lighting poles


Carole M. said…
a beautiful raptor and great images you captured Daniel
Crafty Gardener said…
We love to go to the various locations around town and photograph the osprey. Wonderful captures.
TexWisGirl said…
the reversible toe thing is cool. :)
Gattina said…
Beautiful bird, but an evil look !
Red said…
An awesome bird. In your excellent photo you show the huge talons an their large Feet. You wouldn't want them to get a grip on you.
Stephen Hayes said…
Beautiful photographs of a beautiful bird.
Magnificent shots of a magnificent bird. That is so weird about the toes being reversible. Nature is so astonishing!
Brian King said…
Fantastic shots! A very handsome bird!
Julie G. said…
One of my favorite raptors to photograph. Great post filled with interesting information and superb photographs!
Pam and Wayne said…
Those eyes! Those wings! Loving that in flight shot!
Liz said…
Gorgeous images, Daniel!! That second shot is superb!!

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