The Amazing Osprey

Ospreys have amazingly come back from the brink of extinction thanks to incredible conservation efforts.  An avid hunter, this hawk looks majestic in flight, swiftly nabbing its target in one fell swoop.   From afar, it can sometimes be mistaken for a bald eagle, albeit smaller in size.  Typically found near lakes, salt water marshes, rivers, the Osprey primarily feeds on fish and is an expert angler!

Sanibel Island, 2009

Sanibel Island, 2009

At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in NY, they have affixed a GPS transmitter to an Osprey named Coley, and are studying his migration patterns.  You can read about it here and follow Coley’s journey who is currently wintering in Colombia

The pictures in this post were taken during several trips to Florida, where the bird can be spotted year round.

Cedar Key, 2011

Cedar Key, 2011

Cedar Key, 2011

Cedar Key, 2011

Key Largo, 2012

Key Largo, 2012

Key Largo 2012

Key Largo 2012

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2 thoughts on “The Amazing Osprey

  1. Colombia – wow! I wonder if our local Ospreys go that far, or if they winter in the southern states. Thanks for the links about Coley’s journey – I’ll have to check it out!

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