Sunday, April 5, 2009

Cool osprey facts

I neglected to say in my previous post that Stan reported seeing an osprey catch a fish yesterday during the shore line clean up. Did you know that osprey usually mate for life and return to the same nesting place year after year from their winters in South America. Their diet is 99% fish so they need to be near water. They are amazingly efficient and the only raptor whose outer toe is reversible, allowing it to grasp its prey with two toes in front and two behind. They have barbed pads on the soles of their feet to help carry slippery fish. They generally carry fish with the head forward cutting down on wind resistance. Their life span is typically 20 - 25 years if not interrupted by boating and car accidents, shootings or poisoning by pesticides (still legal in South America).

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